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Land Use and Driving Patterns

Our naturalistic driving databases are being used to study the relationship between vehicle miles of travel and urban form and road configuration. The relentless rate of increase in annual vehicle miles of travel affects the number of crashes, traffic congestion, fuel consumption, and emissions. Our driving-behavior databases are being combined with GIS data to relate land use to miles traveled. Our databases include many potential influences on miles traveled, including cul-de-sac developments and avoidance of traffic situations such as left turns.