Friday 21-Oct-2016

Recent Research

Sobering Data Drives Home Need to Expand Teen DUI Prevention Program

In an effort to put the brakes on sobering statistics related to teenagers driving under the influence, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine will join forces with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) to reduce alcohol-impaired driving among San Diego youth ages 15 to 20.

–University of California San Diego Health Sciences|2016-10-19

Alabama Suburban Parents Drive Distracted with Children in the Car


Parents’ driving distracted is a significant danger, and a UAB study suggests suburban and rural parents use cellphones with children in the car.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2016-10-13

Can Older Adults with Dementia Continue to Drive? More Study Is Needed

How do you know when it's time for an older adult with mild dementia to stop driving? Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. It can impact a person's ability to drive safely. Although all people with dementia will have to stop driving eventually, each case can be unique based on the individual. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, we still need to explore mental or physical tests that can best predict when people with dementia should stop driving.

–American Geriatrics Society|2016-10-05

Engineering Researchers Explore New Concept to Reduce Traffic Congestion


With millions of daily commuters, and nearly 80 percent of them driving alone to work each day, suburbanites and city dwellers may soon have a new alternative to get them out from behind the steering wheel.

–Kennesaw State University|2016-10-04

MSU Contributes to Autonomous-Vehicle Research

At Michigan State University, researchers are involved in the work that will someday make self-driving vehicles not just a reality, but commonplace.

–Michigan State University|2016-09-29

Older Adults No Slower Than Young Adults at Taking Control of Semi-Autonomous Vehicles


New research from North Carolina State University finds that older adults have comparable response times to young adults when tasked with taking control of a semi-autonomous vehicle.

–North Carolina State University|2016-09-29

First-Ever 3D Printed Excavator Project Advances Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing R&D


Heavy construction machinery is the focus of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s latest advance in additive manufacturing research. With industry partners and university students, ORNL researchers are designing and producing the world’s first 3D printed excavator, a prototype that will leverage large-scale AM technologies and explore the feasibility of printing with metal alloys.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2016-09-28

Energy Drink Use, with or Without Alcohol, Contributes to Drunk Driving

Highly caffeinated energy drinks (EDs) have been of concern to the public-health community for almost a decade. Many young people consume EDs with alcohol to decrease alcohol’s sedative effects and stay awake longer, enabling them to drink more alcohol. Adding to the growing body of research linking ED consumption with risk-taking and alcohol-related problems, this study examined its relationship with drunk driving. Importantly, the researchers differentiated between the different ways in which EDs are consumed: exclusively with alcohol, exclusively without alcohol, or both with and without alcohol depending on the occasion.

–Research Society on Alcoholism|2016-09-27

Study: Vehicle Mileage Tax Is Best Option for Long-Term Highway Funding

A study that forecasts state and federal fuel tax revenues based on different fuel taxation policies found adoption of a vehicle mileage tax would best meet highway construction needs in the long run.

–Indiana University|2016-09-26

University of Minnesota Study Measures Effects of Congestion on Access to Jobs by Car

New research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs for the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States.

–University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering|2016-09-20

VW Emissions Cheat May Lead to 50 Premature Deaths, $423 Million in Economic Costs: Study

Beginning in 2008, Volkswagen installed software to circumvent emissions testing by turning off the nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions control system in real-world driving in nearly half a million cars. A new analysis using a tool developed and used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess the health and economic impacts related to air quality calculates that a single year of elevated emissions from the affected VW vehicles could lead to as many as 50 premature deaths, 3,000 lost workdays, and $423 million in economic costs.

–Columbia University Medical Center|2016-09-20

One Year After Volkswagen Scandal WVU Researchers Look to the Future of Emissions Technology

On most days, the air seems to vibrate at a higher frequency in the labs of West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions. This week, the work of the center’s engineers, technicians and students is particularly busy. One year after the biggest scandal in automotive history, stakeholders from across the industry are gathering in Morgantown to discuss the future of emissions technology.

–West Virginia University|2016-09-19

Study of Fatal Car Accidents Suggests Medical Marijuana May Be Helping Curb Opioid Use

Researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found there were fewer drivers killed in car crashes who tested positive for opioids in states with medical marijuana laws than before the laws went into effect.

–Columbia University Medical Center|2016-09-15

Despite Recent Incidents, Driver-Assist Technology Will Save Lives

–Cornell University|2016-09-15

New Tech to Boost Electric Vehicle Efficiency, Range


Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new type of inverter device with greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package – which will improve the fuel-efficiency and range of hybrid and electric vehicles.

–North Carolina State University|2016-09-15

Transportation Veteran Dr. David Yang to Head AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. C. Y. David Yang, a leading expert in transportation and traffic safety research, has been selected to be the new executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Dr. Yang joins the Foundation after having served most recently as the Human Factors Team Leader with the Federal Highway Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he transformed the Human Factors Laboratory into a world-class research facility with state-of-the-art tools and top-notch researchers.


Department of Energy Funds Research on Optoelectronic Devices


The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $599,901 to University of Arkansas engineering researchers to continue developing an “optocoupler” – a packaged light emitter and detector – to improve the performance of electric vehicles.

–University of Arkansas, Fayetteville|2016-09-08

V2G Technology Developed by University of Delaware Now Up and Running in Denmark


The University of Delaware’s platform for integrating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology is now operating in Denmark, creating a new V2G commercial hub outside the U.S. that is poised to expand. Ten electric cars and ten vehicle-to-grid charging stations are now providing commercial V2G services.

–University of Delaware|2016-08-29

Driving on Instinct: Self-Driving Vehicles Are Making Inroads


–Kennesaw State University|2016-08-23

New Class of Fuel Cells Offer Increased Flexibility, Lower Cost


A new class of fuel cells based on a newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells, a breakthrough with the potential to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications.

–Los Alamos National Laboratory|2016-08-23

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