About the study.
The second Strategic Highway Research Program (or SHRP2) is a naturalistic driving study administered by the Transportation Research Board of The National Academies in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation. In Erie County, the study is being conducted by CUBRC, a technological research, development, and testing company located near the Buffalo International Airport.
As a naturalistic driving study, SHRP2 investigates ordinary driving under real-world conditions. Participants’ cars will be fitted with virtually unnoticeable cameras, radar, and other sensors to capture data as they go about their usual driving tasks. Most drivers in the study quickly forget the presence of the cameras and sensors, allowing researchers to study driving behavior that is as close to natural as possible.
The study’s primary focus is safety. While the United States has historically been the safest place in the world for motorists, this has changed dramatically in recent years. By looking closely at driver behavior and the impact of aging highway infrastructure, the study will seek to help reverse that trend. Additionally, the study’s findings will influence efforts to reduce traffic congestion and improve future transportation planning, potentially making driving more efficient and less costly for everyone. Finally, thanks to the participation of major auto manufacturers, the study may even influence the safety and design of new cars.
To find out more about the SHRP2 study, call 877-495-1556 or visit the SHRP2 website.