BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - How safe is your driving? You can help researchers learn much more about how Americans handle the road.
Alan Blatt of the nationally-recognized group, Calspan University at Buffalo Research Center, said, "Western New York has a very rich history in automobile safety and traffic safety work that goes back more than 60 years."
Blatt says that's why Erie County was chosen for a new one-of-a-kind study to help make our roads in western New York and across the country safer than ever before. A blue four-door vehicle may appear to be just another car, but take a closer look at it in the video. It's really a multi-tool designed to watch the road and the driver's every move.
Blatt, who is the program manager of the study, explained, "It's got a radar that looks ahead of the car and measures the headway between this car and what's in front of it. A head unit, which is located behind the rearview mirror. That head unit has four different cameras in it. One camera looks out and provides information on the traffic and the roadways. One camera looks inside the car at the driver and detects where he is looking and how he's driving. Another camera looks down at the lap of the driver so you can see what he's doing with his hands and how he's interacting with the car."
In other words if you're camera-shy person, this study may not be for you. The cameras would be installed in your car for up to two years and all the data will be collected about every three months. But Blatt says the benefits of the study will be priceless.
"The expectation is that the data that is going to be collected in this research project will be a resource for 20 or 30 years of research going ahead," said Blatt.
Organizers are hoping to have 3,100 people participate in the study over the next year-and-a-half. Those who take part will get a sum of $500 for their help. If you're interested in learning more about the study, visit the website.
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