Human Factors Program

For More Information
Mike Manser, Program Manager
Center for Transportation Safety
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University
3135 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3135
(979) 845-1605

The goal of the Human Factors Program is to conduct basic and applied research to measure driver performance and behavior to varied driving situations, vehicle characteristics, and roadway environments.

The program designs and implements experiments with human subjects (including field and simulator studies)and surveys subjects to identify driver safety issues such as those related traffic control devices, distraction, and fatigue. Research staff, trained as experimental psychologists and industrial engineers, have conducted numerous studies related to driver response to roadway geometric design, visibility and driver comprehension of traffic control devices, driver distraction and automotive adaptive equipment for disabled,older drivers and short-statured drivers. The program provides research support to other CTS programs, as well as other TTI divisions, programs groups and centers.

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Expertise

Researchers in the Human Factors Program have expertise in the following areas:

  • visibility
  • human factors
  • driver behavior
  • visual attention
  • traffic control device design and evaluation
  • photometry
  • roadway warning systems
  • traffic sign luminance and color
  • traffic sign comprehension

Facilities

Reports

Comparison of Teen Cell Phone and Passenger Conversation

Research Areas

  • Alcohol and Drug
  • Driving Simulator
  • Distracted Driving
  • Signing
  • Other Safety Topics

Sponsors

  • Federal Highway Administration,
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
  • National Academy of Sciences,
  • Texas Department of Transportation,
  • Texas Department of Public Safety,
  • Southwest University Transportation Center,
  • Harris County Tollroad Authority, and
  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.