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University of Iowa News Release

May 17, 2006

Driving Simulator Seeks Participants For Vehicle Stability Study

The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS), a research and teaching unit of the University of Iowa College Of Engineering, has begun recruiting drivers for a study investigating an in-vehicle assistive technology system called Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The new research is the third in a series of studies investigating the potential safety benefits associated with ESC. 

The study, to be conducted throughout the summer, involves recruiting 360 healthy participants across four different age groups. Prospective licensed drivers 16-17 (license within 1-6 months only), 21-24, 35-54, and 65-74 years of age who would like to participate can learn more by visiting http://www.drivingstudies.com or by calling the NADS hotline at 319-335-4719.

ESC is an active safety system that helps drivers maintain control of their vehicles on the roadway. The system detects when a driver is about to lose control of a vehicle and automatically intervenes to provide stability and help the driver stay on course. By aiding drivers in controlling their vehicles, the ESC system has the potential to reduce the number of single-vehicle crashes that occur each year on the nation's roadways. Currently, such collisions account for 57 percent of all fatal crashes. 

Located at the University of Iowa's Oakdale Research Park, NADS is the most sophisticated research-driving simulator in the world. Developed by National Highway and Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), it offers the highest fidelity real-time driving simulation experience. The NADS mission is to conduct and support simulator-based research and motor vehicle systems research with the goal of enhancing the safety of U.S. highways and improving the safety and productivity of the vehicle-manufacturing sector. The NADS vision is to achieve these goals in collaboration with academia, government, and industry through the advancement of multi-disciplinary simulation science and technology.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu