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UMTRI achieves significant milestone in anniversary year

January 12, 2015

Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) have reason to celebrate the New Year. According to Charles Watkinson, associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan, UMTRI reports have been downloaded over 1.5 million times from U-M’s digital repository, Deep Blue.  

“This is a tremendous milestone and is evidence of the importance of the work being done at UMTRI," said Watkinson. "UMTRI reports are one of the most downloaded report series of any college or institute at the University of Michigan. In 2013, UMTRI reports were downloaded an average of 9,500 a month."

“People continue to download reports in large numbers from all points in UMTRI’s history,” said Robert Sweet, information resources manager at UMTRI. “In 2014, the top ten reports downloaded included work from the seventies, eighties, and nineties, as well as that of the current year. What this tells me is that our work has had value and continued impact,” said Sweet.

UMTRI director Peter Sweatman announced this significant achievement at the Transportation Research Board’s 94th annual meeting. “UMTRI is a premiere leader in transportation safety research. For fifty years UMTRI’s research has had impact on the lives of drivers around the world. Our research findings are found in policies, regulations, design in products and policies designed to save lives.”

Following is a list of the top twenty reports:

Mortality from road crashes in 193 countries: a comparison with other leading causes of death
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/102731

Analysis of accident rates by age, gender, and time of day based on the 1990 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey.
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/1007

The Indian automobile industry - a primer describing its evolution and current state
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/1025

Material selection processes in the automotive industry
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/1034

Recent changes in the age composition of drivers in 15 countries
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/86680

An evaluation of the changes in the legal drinking ages in Michigan
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/417

United States shipbuilding standards master plan update
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/1185

The Japanese automotive industry: recent developments and future competitive outlook
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/1064

Has motorization in the U.S. peaked?
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/98098

Brake force requirement study:  driver-vehicle braking performance as a function of brake system design variables
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/1354

Bus, truck, tractor/trailer braking system performance
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/879

Limitations on the use of mathematical models in transportation policy analysis
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/509

Retarders for heavy vehicles:  evaluation of performance characteristics and in-service costs.  Volume I:  technical report.  Final report (phase I)
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/393

A literature review and bibliography of research and practice in pedestrian safety
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/1391

Parameters affecting stopping sight distance
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/221

Has motorization in the U.S. peaked? Part 2: use of light-duty vehicles
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/98982

Road safety in India: Challenges and opportunities
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/61504

The reasons for the recent decline in young driver licensing in the U.S.
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/99124

Child anthropometry for restraint system design
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/172

Center of gravity height:  a round-robin measurement program
http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/913