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Spring 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 1

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SHRP 2 to Conduct Major Naturalistic Driving Study

The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) was established by Congress in 2005 to investigate highway crashes and congestion through focused research in four key areas: safety, renewal, reliability and capacity. The Transportation Research Board, on behalf of the National Research Council, manages the program.

The safety research goal is to prevent or reduce the severity of highway crashes by understanding driver behavior. This is being done through a series of projects.

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The centerpiece of the research is a Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS). This two-year study began in fall 2010 and is currently underway. Researchers are conducting the study in six sites: Erie County, New York; Seattle, Wash.; Central Pennsylvania; Central Indiana; Tampa Bay; and Durham, N.C. They expect a total of 3,100 volunteer drivers to participate, continuously providing a vast array of data toward the project.

Researchers expect the knowledge gathered through analysis of the NDS data will impact public policy, rulemaking, infrastructure improvements and other activities intended to reduce traffic fatalities.

The SHRP 2 Safety Research Plan and related information can be found at