Investigating Relationship Between Driving Patterns and Traffic Safety Using Smartphones Based Mobile Sensor Data

In spite of various advancements in vehicle safety technologies and improved roadway design practices, roadway crashes remain a major challenge. While certain hotspots may be unsafe primarily due to the geometric features of these locations, in many cases the safety risk seems to be an outcome of the unsafe driving patterns along the roadway stretching downstream and/or upstream of the actual crash locations. Even though there is plenty of research on correlating safety measures to roadway characteristics and some elements of traffic flow (e.g., exposure, speed), there is no significant literature on analyzing the correlation between high-resolution speed and acceleration data and crash risks along highway segments. Collecting such high-resolution data is now feasible with the mobile consumer devices such as smartphones. Smartphones are now equipped with sensors capable of recording vehicle performance data at a very fine temporal resolution in a cost-effective way. The current project used this mobile sensor data to identify unsafe driving patterns and quantified the relationship between these driving patterns and traffic crash incidences.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $71967
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Virginia Department of Transportation

    1221 East Broad Street
    Richmond, VA  United States  23219

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center

    University of Virginia
    Charlottesville, VA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Burden, Lindsay

  • Performing Organizations:

    Old Dominion University

    Norfolk, VA  United States  23529
  • Principal Investigators:

    Paleti, Rajesh

    Cetin, Mecit

  • Start Date: 20151001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160522

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01659459
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 6 2018 5:06PM