About the Event
Over the last decade, approximately 6,000 teenagers have died on our nation's roads every year. One possible approach to reduce the number of teenage driver crashes and fatalities is through the use of in-vehicle technology. Such a system should address the primary contributing factors associated with the majority of teen fatal crashes: speed, aggressive driving, low seat belt use, and alcohol impairment. This could be accomplished through a combination of forcing, feedback, and reporting functions. Forcing functions could take the form of ignition interlocks to enforce seat belt compliance and sober driving. A feedback function could provide real time tutoring and warnings about illegal or unsafe speeds. A reporting function could record vehicle information for parents to review and enforce teen driver performance. If implemented, a Teen Driver Support System (TDSS) such as described here could significantly decrease the number of teenagers killed in traffic crashes.
Shawn Brovold, Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering