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


To conduct rapid, independent evaluations 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 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (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 blind spot object detection and warning system and has been completed. The second study, recently completed, assessed the safety benefits of a kinematics-based driver monitoring and coaching technology. The third study evaluates a novel mirror design that uses a mathematical algorithm to control the angle at which each point of the mirror reflects light while minimizing visual distortion. 
More information on each of these evaluation projects can be found here:


Three technology assessment reports.




The final report for project #1 was published in January 2014 and may be accessed at The final reports for projects #2 and #3 are in review.


Virginia Technical Transportation Institute
Updated: Thursday, March 3, 2016
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