The improvement of transportation operations and safety are consistent themes relating much of the work currently taking place in the Driving and Bicycling Simulator Laboratory. This research focuses on interactions between the built environment, system users, and vehicles. The following abbreviated list describes threads of research that are currently being pursued using the Driving and Bicycling Simulator Laboratory:

Signalized Intersection Safety

  • Signal phasing and timing
  • Advanced technology
  • Mixed mode crash causality

Traffic Control Devices

  • Traffic signs for tourist information centers
  • Pavement markings for bicycle lanes
  • Signal displays for permitted left and right turns

Driver and Bicyclist Behavior

  • Influence of distraction on driving performance
  • Situational awareness of drivers in crash likely scenarios
  • Visual attention of drivers in a variety of driving tasks

3D Design

  • Evaluation of roadway design alternatives
  • Rendering of simulator environments from dense point clouds
  • Incorporation of Mobile Laser Scanner data into simulator environments