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SMART Signal

SMART Signal (Systematic Monitoring of Arterial Road Traffic Signals) collects and archives event-based traffic signal data at multiple intersections and automati­cally generates real-time performance measures including travel time, number of stops, queue length, intersection delay, and level of service.

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Mobile Accessible Pedestrian Signal (MAPS)

Crossing a street isn’t risk-free for any pedestrian, but it’s especially challenging for the blind or visually impaired. The prototype Mobile Accessible Pedestrian Signal (MAPS) system uses GPS and other technologies to help people with limited or no eyesight cross signalized intersections safely.

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Rural Unsignalized Intersections

Rural through-stop highway intersections are the scenes of numerous fatalities and injuries every year. This research focuses on new technological solutions to improve safety.

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Teen Drivers

Young drivers are disproportionately represented in crash statistics, due to a combination of inexperience and high-risk behavior. This research develops in-vehicle systems to encourage safe driving by teens, and support effective parental supervision of inexperienced drivers.

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Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the result of allocating cognitive and physical resources to tasks other than the primary task of driving. The ITS Institute has conducted extensive research to directly examine the influence of distractions on a driver's attention allocation and subsequent driving performance.

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Driver-Assist Systems

Driver-assist systems developed by the ITS Institute aim to increase driver safety in difficult driving conditions through the use of vehicle-guidance and collision-avoidance technologies. These systems help drivers of buses, snowplows, and other specialty vehicles operate more safely and efficiently, even in heavy traffic or when visibility is low.

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