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THE

MULTITASkING DRIVER

Research Shows Real Dangers

BY

BRITTNEY ASBURY,

VIRGINIA

TECH

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N

INSTITUTE

With vehicle crashes as the leading cause of injury- related death in the united States for people between 1 and 65 years, quality transportation research has become a must. Researchers have been working end- lessly to discover new methods and safety features that can help prevent the more than 40,000 deaths, 2,000,000 injuries and $150 billion in cost caused by crashes each year. In order to design new and effec- tive methods and safety features, researchers much first find the causative factors in these crashes. Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Insti- tute (VTTI) have taken a major step toward uncover- ing those factors with the completion of the 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study.

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Summer 2008

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