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ITS Institute News Archives: 2005

Driver distraction and cell phone research featured in news media

cellphoneResearch on driver distraction, carried out by HumanFIRST Program director Nic Ward and researcher Mick Rakauskas, has been attracting attention from the news media:

  • A recent news segment on Fox 9 News, airing in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, features the HumanFIRST Program’s research project to determine the distraction risk associated with the use of cellular phones while driving.
  • Mick Rakauskas was interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” program, where he explained the researchers’ current work.
  • The Saint Paul Pioneer Press also covered the research in an article. (April 27, 2005).

The research by Ward and Rakauskas was covered in the Spring 2005 issue of the ITS Institute Sensor newsletter. More information on the project is also available on the project home page.

Safety implications of ATIS use with cell phones

Study shows cell phones may impair drivers more than being drunk

Using a cell phone may impair drivers more than alcohol intoxication, according to a new study by University researchers.

Nic Ward, director of the University’s HumanFIRST Program and principal investigator for the project, described his findings in February during a CTS Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow Council meeting. The presentation, titled “Design and Safety Implications for ATIS Use with Cell Phones,” was part of the CTS Research Seminar Series for students, faculty, and practitioners (see CTS Seminars) about transportation research at the University of Minnesota.

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ITS Minnesota annual meeting features U of M researchers

Several University of Minnesota researchers presented their current work to an audience of transportation officials, industry representatives, and academics at the 2005 ITS Minnesota annual meeting.

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2004 Student of the Year contributes to vision-based traffic monitoring

The 2004 ITS Institute Outstanding Student of the Year award was presented to Nathaniel Bird. Bird is a Master of Science in Computer Science candidate at the University of Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering with high honors from Ohio Northern University, and is a registered Engineer in Training in the State of Ohio.

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Using ITS to better serve diverse populations

One of the main promises of intelligent transportation systems technology is to make transportation more responsive to the needs of users. With funding from the Minnesota Guidestar program, Frank Douma of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs is helping ITS make good on that promise by finding ways to extend the benefits of ITS to travelers who do not use single-occupancy vehicles as their primary mode of transportation.

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