Analysis of an Incentive-Based Smartphone App for Young Drivers

The proposed project timeline will allow analysis of data during several distinct phases of smartphone app use; these will include: 1) early adoption/use; 2) "school in session"; 3) summertime (i.e., school not in session); and 4) varying levels of incentives being in place (e.g., earning Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) annual Cup Competition points for a team/school, TDS Cup points plus additional incentives (e.g., gift cards, drawings for larger prizes, etc.). Statistical analyses will be conducted to determine if variances within these (and other potential) conditions of app user understanding and/or incentives had significant impacts on the frequency of distracted driving. Cost share for some of the incentives is being provided by State Farm of Texas.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $113080
  • 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 (Safe-D)

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

    Harwood, Leslie

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

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

    Henk, Russell

  • Start Date: 20170301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01658908
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center (Safe-D)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747115
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 2 2018 8:54PM