Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Research with NDS Data and Driver Simulator

This is a complementary project to “Driver Behavior at Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Using NDS and Driving Simulator” project that supports FRA-HF-001, Highway-Rail Grade Crossing (Crossing) Safety and shifts the paradigm of grade crossing safety research from warning device evaluation or remote crossing monitoring, to a direct and detailed observation of the drivers. The project will use the Strategic Highway Research Program Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) data combined with analytical methods developed at Michigan Tech to investigate real life driver behavior trends during the act of traversing crossings. With a solid understanding of driver response to the existing crossing environment and the project will compare the results from our NDS research with the ongoing driving simulation research effort at Michigan Tech. The project will develop simulator scenarios that resemble the “real world” environment found in the NDS data and use those scenarios to test driver response in the simulator. The results will allow reseachers to compare how closely driver behavior in our simulator matches the NDS and to evaluate the use of simulators as a critical tool for driver behavior research at crossings. With a valid research tool in place, the project can use the simulator environment to directly test driver response in a more comprehensive and systematic way.


    • English


    • Status: Active
    • Contract Numbers:



    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Principal Investigators:

      Lautala, Pasi

      Jeon, Myounghoon

    • Start Date: 20161001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

    Subject/Index Terms

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01613495
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National University Rail Center (NURail)
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC52, NURail2016-MTU-R14
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Oct 19 2016 3:44PM