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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminisration's Advanced System Testing Utilizing a Data Acquisition System on Highways (FAST-DASH) Program


To conduct a fast turnaround and independent evaluation of promising safety technologies aimed at commercial vehicle operations (CVO).


This project executes the Research and Technology Program's authorized technology transfer activities for onboard safety systems. A key focus of FMCSA is to provide leadership in the testing and evaluation of promising technologies so they can be more rapidly implemented and their potential benefits realized. Moving promising safety technologies from the design stage to the implementation and deployment stages is expected to lead to a reduction in large-truck crashes and their associated injuries and fatalities.


This program is established with a 5 year cooperative agreement to conduct three technology evaluation studies using naturalistic driving experimentation. The first study assessed a blindspot object detection and warning system and has been completed. The second study currently underway is assessing the safety benefits of a kinematics-based driver monitoring and coaching technology.


Three technology assessment reports.


November 2012: First FAST-DASH project (blindspot object detection and warning) completion.
December 2012: Second FAST-DASH project (driver monitoring and coaching) kicked off.
March 2014: Second FAST-DASH project to be completed.
September 2015: Third FAST-DASH project to be completed.


FY 2010: $300,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology
FY 2010: $300,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology
FY 2012: $300,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology
FY 2012: $300,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology


Currently in second technology evaluation phase.


Virginia Technical Transportation Institute

Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2014