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MSF To Unveil Preliminary Findings

Monday, August 20, 2012
Motorcycle Safety Foundation
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is honored to have been invited to participate in the upcoming Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s Third International Symposium on Driving Research, held Aug. 27 – 30, 2012, at VTTI’s facility in Blacksburg, Va. Hosted by VTTI’s National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence, the two-day symposium has assembled a group of specially selected experts who specialize in the field of naturalistic driving research.

According to VTTI, scheduled speakers include esteemed experts from Finland, Australia and Sweden, and multi-national participating companies include Toyota, Nissan and Ford. Finally, globally recognized agencies supporting the event include NHTSA, the National Institute of Health, the National Academy of Science and more.

MSF President and CEO Tim Buche and Dr. Sherry Williams, MSF’s director of quality assurance and research, will represent the Foundation at this esteemed symposium. Buche and Williams are scheduled to present the preliminary findings from the first-ever MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study in the symposium’s opening session in a presentation titled, “Half Million Miles to Rider Safety."

“Dr. Williams and I feel extremely privileged to represent MSF at this symposium,” said Buche. “Over the last year, we’ve worked extensively with VTTI on the MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study and I believe that our collaboration has been beneficial to all parties involved. Additionally, MSF couldn’t have been more pleased with VTTI’s administration of what turned out to be a tremendous undertaking. Dr. Williams and I are eager to present our preliminary findings to such an internationally respected group of experts in the naturalistic driving research field.”

According to VTTI, the symposium will provide researchers and practitioners with hands-on experience with Naturalistic Driving Study data during two workshops focusing on different areas of naturalistic driving research. These include an opportunity to explore how Naturalistic Driving Study data reduction is performed, as well as a hands-on experience with the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 Naturalistic Driving Study dataset. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the panelists to explore naturalistic driving in their respective countries.

Topics to be covered at the symposium include:
• Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, and Technology: Preliminary Results from the Road
• Driving with Impairments
• Teen and Novice Drivers: Safety, Interventions and Outreach
• Vulnerable Road Users: Naturalistic Driving Studies in Support of Senior Mobility
• How NDS Fits into the Research Portfolio Now and in the Future
• Linking Roadway Data Sources to Address Research Questions
• The Future of NDS: Next Generation Vehicles
• NSTSCE Project Highlights

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF have been recognized worldwide since 1973.

The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, TriumphVictory and Yamaha. For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit www.msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.
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