Transportation & Vehicle Safety Policy
  • Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

    Almost everybody does it, but texting and checking email while driving is incredibly dangerous. It has been made illegal in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Dan McGehee explains why—"it takes your eyes, hands AND attention off the road" he said, calling emailing the "trifecta of distraction."
  • Thursday, October 11th, 2012

    A new Human Factors research project will attempt to save lives by training Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel to take photos of crashed vehicles and send them to hospital emergency personnel within 30 seconds.
  • Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

    Dr. Matthew Rizzo, PPC Human Factors associate and director of the UI Aging Mind and Brain Initiative (AMBI), is teaming with Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) in a study that looks at how older drivers interact with in-vehicle technology.
  • Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

    Dr. Hosin "David" Lee's warm mix asphalt research was featured in the Mid-America Transportation Center's February webinar series resulting in a considerable amount of requests and praise for his project's reports.
  • Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

    The Secretary of the US Department of Transportation submitted preliminary results of the study, National Evaluation of a Mileage-Based Road User Charge, to Congress on April 13.
  • Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

    PPC researcher and director of the UI Injury Prevention Research Center Corinne Peek-Asa commented in a Des Moines Register article about the rate of injury deaths in Iowa.
  • Thursday, May 10th, 2012

    Suyun Ma, PPC Transportation researcher and PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, won the best graduate poster award at the 10th annual Research Open House hosted by the UI College of Engineering.
  • Thursday, April 5th, 2012

    HF Program Director Dan McGehee testified at a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing on distracted driving. The day-long forum covered a variety of issues with regard to driver distraction.
  • Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

    Human Factors Program Director Dan McGehee appeared on CNN's The Situation Room to discuss the dangers of distracted driving. Research at Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) has found that a 2-second glance away from the road ahead can land a driver in a hazardous situation.
  • Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

    Human Factors Director Dan McGehee was part of the Discovery Channel series Life Behind the Wheel. McGehee describes the GoTeam project, which collects detailed crash information fatal crashes in Iowa. The goal is a more complete understanding of every fatal crash.