Understanding attention management and driver decision behavior at short-storage rail grade crossings

This project expands the work started under the “Driver Behavior at Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Using NDS and Driving Simulator,” project co-funded by the National University Rail Center (NURail) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The goal of these projects is to improve the understanding of driver behavior at crossings. This project will concentrate on examining driver attention management and decision making at “short-storage space” crossings. The research team will evaluate factors that impact decisions related to short storage space crossings using a combination of lab experiments and driving simulator studies. The lab experiments will provide useful insights into people’s processing of a variety of information at crossings. In addition, they will facilitate the identification of scenario factors to test driver responses in the driving simulator. Based on the research at Michigan Tech, there are important factors that have not been examined experimentally that could contribute to the understanding of driver behavior.


    • Status: Active
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    • 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

    • Start Date: 20190915
    • Expected Completion Date: 20200831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01722854
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National University Rail Center (NURail)
    • Contract Numbers: NURail2019-MTU-R17, DTRT13-G-UTC52
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 18 2019 12:40PM