DETROIT- The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois will study driver distraction with $1.6 million from General Motors.
Beckman researchers will seek ways to educate drivers on how to manage distractions while driving. They will evaluate how drivers, particularly older and inexperienced ones, cope with distractions and how they interact with vehicle technology.
The $1.6 million is part of GM's three-year, $10 million SenseAble driving program that began in October 2000.
That program includes a video shown at Secretary of State offices in Michigan and an interactive Web site educating people on driver distraction.