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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

Analysis of accident rates by age, gender, and time of day based on the 1990 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey.

The Indian automobile industry - a primer describing its evolution and current state

Material selection processes in the automotive industry

Recent changes in the age composition of drivers in 15 countries

An evaluation of the changes in the legal drinking ages in Michigan

United States shipbuilding standards master plan update

The Japanese automotive industry: recent developments and future competitive outlook

Has motorization in the U.S. peaked?

Brake force requirement study:  driver-vehicle braking performance as a function of brake system design variables

Bus, truck, tractor/trailer braking system performance

Limitations on the use of mathematical models in transportation policy analysis

Retarders for heavy vehicles:  evaluation of performance characteristics and in-service costs.  Volume I:  technical report.  Final report (phase I)

A literature review and bibliography of research and practice in pedestrian safety

Parameters affecting stopping sight distance

Has motorization in the U.S. peaked? Part 2: use of light-duty vehicles

Road safety in India: Challenges and opportunities

The reasons for the recent decline in young driver licensing in the U.S.

Child anthropometry for restraint system design

Center of gravity height:  a round-robin measurement program