Ohio University to study work zone safety technology

Researchers at Ohio University this month said they plan to use a new driving simulation laboratory to study effective traffic devices for highway operations and work zone safety.

The lab is located in Athens at the university's Russ College of Engineering and Technology, according to an Oct. 8 press release. The lab's computer simulation system is programmed with hundreds of driving scenarios and surrounded by three large screens that project traffic scenes, has eye-tracking systems, and monitors facial gestures to track signal alertness or distraction.

Graduate students already are using the technology to find ways to make roadway work zones safer for drivers and construction workers.

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