Safety Culture

The Smartphone and the Driver’s Cognitive Workload: A Comparison of Apple, Google, and Microsoft’s Intelligent Personal Assistants

This research examines the impact of voice-based interactions using three different intelligent personal assistants (Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now for Android phones, and Microsoft’s Cortana) on the cognitive workload of the driver.

Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile III: A Comparison of 10 2015 In-Vehicle Information Systems

This research represents the third phase of the Foundation’s comprehensive investigation into cognitive distraction, which shows that new hands-free technologies can mentally distract drivers even if their eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel.

Did the Great Recession Keep Bad Drivers Off the Road?

This research report establishes that recessions have differential impacts on driving behavior by decreasing the vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) of observably risky drivers, such as those over age 60, and by increasing the VMT of observably safer drivers.

American Driving Survey Year One May 2013 - May 2014

AAA Foundation has commissioned a team of researchers at the Urban Institute to perform a survey to develop, pilot test, and implement a data collection system to collect these data at the national level on an ongoing basis, with a special focus on young drivers and senior drivers.That data collection system—the American Driving Survey—was launched on May 21, 2013 and is presently ongoing.

2014 Traffic Safety Culture Index

Since 2006, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has been sponsoring research to better understand traffic safety culture. The Foundation’s long-term term vision is to create a “social climate in which traffic safety is highly valued and rigorously pursued.”

In 2014, sampling was expanded to allow for reporting at the state level for 24 states, which cover 80 percent of the U.S. population.

Older American Drivers and Traffic Safety Culture: A LongROAD Study

The purpose of the research reported here was to examine the extent and nature of the variability in driving behaviors and safety-related attitudes among drivers ages 65-69, 70-74, and 75+, using data from the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index survey.

Evaluating Technologies Relevant to the Enhancement of Driver Safety

Click on the title above to see our Vehcile Technology Safety Ratings pages, including links to the final report, infographic matrix, and FAQ section for seven different in-car safety technologies.

Measuring Cognitive Distraction -- Part II (2 New Reports)

Utilizes the mental workload rating system and scale published in part 1 (June 2013) to explore the cognitive distraction caused by additional tasks, technologies, and -- for the first time -- proprietary systems.


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