Factors Surrounding Child Seat usage in Ride-Share Services

With the recent explosion in popularity of ride-sourcing and ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft[1], and the impending cultural shift from privately-owning vehicles to the use of these services[2], a growing concern for families and caregivers is how to safely transport children when ride-sourcing. Unlike traditional personally-owned family vehicles, ride-sourced vehicles and taxicabs do not generally have permanently-installed child safety seats. Combined with the increasing size and weight of child safety seats that improve safety but reduce portability, this poses a serious concern for caregivers who want to protect their children during day-to-day travel and in unusual travel situations such as during vacations. In collaboration with researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the Virginia Tech Center for Survey Research, researchers at VTTI plan to conduct an analysis of the current state of child passengers and child safety seat use in ride-sourced vehicles along with other more traditional sources of transit such as taxicabs. The research team anticipates this developing as a multiphase project, with the initial (Year 1) phase consisting of top level, qualitative and quantitative analyses of driver and rider perspectives and self-reported behaviors. Future phases could include observational and/or interventional approaches, including the collection of naturalistic driving data using instrumented vehicles, culminating in recommendations for improvement in the safe transport of children in this emerging and important industry. [1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/syed-irfan-ajmal/2015-the-year-the-ridesha_b_9006438.html [2] https://newsroom.uber.com/economics-of-car-ownership/


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $160366
  • 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
  • Managing Organizations:

    Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24060
  • Project Managers:

    Harwood, Leslie

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Owens, Justin

    Womack, Katie

    Willis, Susan

  • Start Date: 20170401
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190311
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01632144
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747115
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2017 3:33PM