Using the SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study Database to Improve Teen Driving Safety: Phase 1 Proof of Concept

The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. In 2016, 2,433 teens ages 16-19 in the United States died and nearly 300,000 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. Furthermore, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16-19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. The recently completed Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) offers a robust database of 3,100 study participants ages 16-98, recruited from six regions in the United States, and each participant was studied for a period of up to 2 years. Vehicles were instrumented with a data acquisition system that included accelerometers, cameras, GPS, forward radar, and vehicle network connections. Almost 500 drivers aged 16-19 (and over 650 drivers aged 20-24) were studied. The NDS offers an opportunity to conduct in-depth analyses of teen driver behavior, with known roadway characteristics, weather, and time of day. The objective of this research is to develop a research agenda for teen driver behavioral safety countermeasures using the SHRP2 NDS data. The research should include a scoping study of the NDS to detail its usefulness in studying teen driving behavior, and address, at a minimum, the following: (1) Evaluate strengths and limitations of the NDS database to address critical research questions in teen driver behavioral safety; (2) Provide a full description of the NDS data elements, expertise, methodologies, and resources necessary to address teen driver research questions using NDS data; (3) Specify other types of data sources that could be linked to the NDS data to address these research questions; (4) Identify potential countermeasures that could result from analyses of these research questions using NDS data; and (5) For each countermeasure, develop one or more research problem statements that describe how specific NDS data could be used to investigate and implement the countermeasure. The problem statements should be in a format suitable for submission to the BTSCRP and include a background statement, objective, and estimated cost. Together, these problem statements will form a research agenda for teen driver behavioral countermeasures.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $75000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project BTS-08

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Governors Highway Safety Association

    444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 722
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Retting, Richard

  • Performing Organizations:

    TransAnalytics, LLC

  • Principal Investigators:

    Staplin, Loren

  • Start Date: 20190801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200801
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200801

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674395
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project BTS-08
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2018 9:03PM