Ohio University

Safety and Human Factors Lab

One person sitting in the driver's seat of a car with the part behind the back seats cut away, and a scene of a roadway projected on the wall in front, while another person uses a computer nearby

The ORITE Safety and Human Factors Facility focuses on the relationship of the automobile driver to the road environment, especially in terms of improving traffic flow and driver safety and comfort as well understanding driver behaviors and impact of various Day/Night visibility demographics on driver performance. Research topics include traffic control devices, work zones, traffic signals, pavement markings, elderly mobility, and impaired drivers. The core research agenda for the facility is improved roadway and control design guidelines to accommodate a variety of driver skills and abilities ultimately leading to lower fatality rates along the nation’s highways.

Major sponsors of ORITE Safety and Human Factors Facility include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the United States Department of Justice, 3M, Plastic Safety Systems as well as other industry entities.

For more information, contact Deb McAvoy at 740.597.1468.