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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-12-0098
Project Name:   Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory TO-13003: Improved Data Collection for Work Zone Gap Acceptance Field Test
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  April 1, 2012
End Date:  September 20, 2013
Contact Information
Last Name:  Lochrane
First Name:  Taylor
Telephone:  202-493-3293
E-mail:  taylor.lochrane@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   Trans Ops Concepts and Analysis Team [HRDO-20]
Laboratory:   Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory
Project detail
Project Description:   The Contractor shall recruit 64 participants to conduct the data collection for the driving portion of work zone driver behavior study being conducted in the Saxton Transportation Operations Lab.
(1) Recruit 64 participants.
(2) Conduct experiment with 64 participants.
(3) Develop Tool for Data Analysis.
Background Information:   There is a lot of current research that focuses on work zone safety and mobility but there has been little that focuses on the driver behavior that is specific for simulation parameters. Some of these parameters used in simulation could be car-following, lane-changing, merging, etc.¬†These are very important factors that can impact the work zone capacity modeling.¬†Without adequate calibration and understanding of these parameters specific to work zones, simulation results may not be accurate.
Field Test:   Instrumented Research Vehicle will be driven through a Work Zone Living Laboratory.
Product Type:   Data
Research report
Test Methodology:   The use of an Instrumented Research Vehicle to collect real-time driver behavior data.
Partners:   Federal Highway Administration: Office of Research, Development, and Technology - Office of Safety Research and Development; Role(s): Advisory, Technical
Expected Benefits:   Work Zone specific naturalistic driving data.
Deliverables: Name: Data from drivers.
Product Type(s): Research report, Data
Description: Data from 64 participants.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Work Zones
Car Following
Transportation Operations
Instrumented Vehicles
Human Factors
Data Collection
FHWA Disciplines:   Operations
Subject Areas:   Vehicles and Equipment
Safety and Human Factors
Operations and Traffic Management
Data and Information Technology
Planning and Forecasting


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