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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 9, 2004

Driving Simulator Seeks Drivers Age 60 And Older

The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) at the University of Iowa is recruiting drivers age 60 and older to participate in a simulator driving validation study. NADS recently received a $403,970 contract from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to collaborate with NHTSA'S Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) in preparation for older driver research using the NADS.

The validation efforts will compare driving performance and behavior data collected on the NADS with data obtained through on-road studies, making this a first-of-its-kind study to be conducted in a high-fidelity simulator like NADS. Ginger Watson is the NADS principal investigator, and Yiannis Papelis is the NADS co-principal investigator. NHTSA's co-principal investigators on the project are Riley Garrott and Julie Barker.

Work on the project at NADS began in August 2004. Drivers, including those age 60 and over, who would like to participate in the NADS study can call the NADS hot line at 319-335-4719 or register online at Women and men age 75 and over are specifically encouraged to participate. Mileage reimbursement is available.

The NADS is the largest and most sophisticated research-oriented driving simulator in the world. It was built to conduct research that will ultimately lead to reductions in the number of traffic-related deaths, injuries, and incidents of property loss on the nation's highways. The NADS, located at the University of Iowa's Oakdale Research Park, is a national shared-use facility owned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation and operated by the University of Iowa.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,; Program: Wendy Moorehead, NADS director of external relations, 319-335-4843; Mary Bender, NADS administrative associate, 319-335-4673