Transportation & Vehicle Safety Policy

Daniel McGehee

  • Director, Transportation and Vehicle Safety Research Program
  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Occupational Health and Emergency Medicine


Daniel V. McGehee has been obsessed with car crashes for over 20 years. He is interested in every aspect of them - from how, when and why they occur, to technologies for avoiding them altogether.   His driver performance, distraction, and technology development research has led to innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations involving engineering, medicine, and public health. Results from his research have helped policy makers to improve government safety standards, as well as state and federal laws. While the first generation of safety systems were designed to help protect occupants in cars, his research deals with preventing or reducing the severity of crashes. Such technologies will ultimately lead to higher levels of automation on our roads.

Dr. McGehee is the Director of the Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Division at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.  He holds adjunct appointments in three departments: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Occupational Health, and Emergency Medicine.

Research Interests

  • Driver behavior and performance
  • Distracted Driving
  • Teen driving
  • Traumatology
  • Naturalistic Driving
  • Transportation safety policy
  • Transportation technology assessment
  • Driver response in crash avoidance

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Leeds, England