Sponsor: University of Iowa
Sponsor: The National Advanced Driving Simulator
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Novice Driver Training

The National Advanced Driving Simulator at The University of Iowa Research Park, in collaboration with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, is inviting adolescents ages 15 or 16 to participate in a driving simulator study evaluating whether training programs can help teens become safer drivers. This study involves three study visits. The first study visit will be scheduled close to the date the teen expects to obtain his or her minor school license (also called a school permit) or intermediate license. The first visit will last up to 4 hours. The second visit will occur about 6 weeks later and will last up to 2 hours. The last visit will occur about 4 months after the second visit and will also last up to 2 hours. Participants who complete all study procedures will be paid $225.
This study takes place at NADS
Who can be part of this study? Teens who
• currently possess a valid learner's permit
• are planning to obtain within the next few months either:
1) a minor school license at the age of 15.0 or older, or
2) an intermediate driver's license before the age of 17
• are planning to drive on a regular basis (i.e., at least two times per week) after obtaining their license
• are willing to track the number of miles they drive each week during the study
For more information:
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On-Road Driving Study using Tesla

The National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa Research Park invites healthy adults to participate in an on-road driving study examining how drivers take back manual control from a vehicle in partial automation while engaging in a secondary task (e.g. changing the radio, making a phone call, texting, taking a drink of water, reaching into the backseat). The study will be completed on a closed section of Ely Rd in Linn County. A researcher is will be present in the vehicle at all times. Participants will arrive at the Airport National Golf Course located at 3001 Wright Brothers Blvd E, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52404. After paperwork is completed, a researcher will take you to a nearby closed section of road for the driving portion of the study. A researcher will provide information about driving the NADS research vehicle (2017 Tesla) as well as the secondary tasks involved in the study. Then you will be given time to practice driving the Tesla alone and while engaging in secondary tasks. Once the practice session is complete, you will complete a series of drives. These drives will require you to turn the Tesla’s autopilot system “on” and engage in one of the secondary tasks. At some point in each drive, the researcher will ask you to take back manual control of the vehicle. Compensation is up to $40 for your time and effort. Due to the amount of interest we may receive, please allow us time to respond. Thank you!
This study takes place at NADS
• Healthy adults ages 25 to 65 years
• Able to attend one visit with a 1-1.5 hour time commitment
• Have a valid U.S. driver’s license
• Drive at least 2,000 miles a year or at least 3 times per week
• Able to drive without glasses or sunglasses
• Able and willing to bring your own cell phone to study appointment for use in study
• Willing to engage in secondary tasks (making phone calls, texting, drinking, etc.) while driving in the study

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in participating, please visit the following link for more information and to complete an online eligibility questionnaire:


When emailing, please provide your first and last name and mention “Tesla CDS”.

Participants must meet other eligibility qualifications.
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The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is located in the University of Iowa Research Park, just north of Coral Ridge Mall.


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