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In the last decade, a technique for understanding real-world issues facing car and truck drivers has become a common and valuable research tool. This method, known as naturalistic research, has only become possible for motorcycle research in the last few years.

Participants in this research ride for approximately a year, doing whatever it is they normally do, with sensors and cameras on their motorcycle. Participants are paid. Identifying information is separated from data.

The data, which capture actions of the rider and surrounding traffic, will support riding and driving related research for years to come.

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Who is involved?

This study is run by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, or VTTI, which is a part of Virginia Tech, a university in Blacksburg Virginia. VTTI has been doing this type of work for over ten years. VTTI will have trained staff at the install site who will assist in the completion of the enrollment process and questionnaire paperwork, as well as installing the data collection system. The study is being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).