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UMTRI enlists teen drivers to test advanced vehicle-safety systems

July 4, 2011

Forty teenage drivers from southeast Michigan will drive a fleet of specially equipped vehicles for fourteen weeks beginning this summer as part of a study to test a suite of advanced vehicle-safety technologies.

UMTRI will conduct the study, which is jointly sponsored by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Honda R & D Americas. UMTRI associate research scientist Jim Sayer will lead the study.

"Teens are still learning to drive well after they begin driving without adult supervision," says Sayer. "By testing the effects of the crash-warning system on teen driving behavior, we hope to discover whether these types of systems are of the greatest potential safety benefit for novice drivers."

Read the U-M news release.