Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) Researches Ankles, Impairment, Emergencies & Attention

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center Adds Four New Projects to Latest Five-Year Research Phase

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) today announced four additional research projects are being added to the next phase of its pioneering automotive safety research. The projects include a study of human diversity in injury biomechanics, a look at technologies that can help prevent impaired drivers from endangering themselves or others, how to help predict when a driver is at risk of incapacitation or illness before it becomes an emergency and how to more effectively pass the operation of the vehicle between the driver and automation. These new projects join the nine announced in April as part of a five-year, $30 million commitment to examine the diversity of safety needs and analyze safe mobility options that accommodate a variety of applications, physical characteristics and levels of accessibility for people and society.

“As we continue to pursue the needs of industry around automotive safety, these new projects will help us better understand human driving behavior, ways to integrate medical technology and crash protection for a diverse population of physical characteristics,” said Danil Prokhorov, director of Toyota’s CSRC and Future Research Department (FRD).


CSRC will continue to collaborate with the University of VirginiaUniversity of Michigan Medical School, University of California San DiegoUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterIowa State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison through these new projects. Safety improvements found in these projects will be publicly available to help push safety forward industrywide.

The four projects include:

Project Title



Biomechanical factors for ankle injury considering population diversity and equity

Why have crash injury differences been reported between males and females, particularly to the ankle?  Researchers will use a combination of computer modeling with the THUMS, tissue experiments and medical imaging data to investigate ankle injury mechanisms and differences across population groups, especially biological sex.

University of Virginia
University of Michigan Medical School

Assessing driver alcohol and drug impairment using driver monitor systems

What technologies can help prevent impaired drivers from endangering themselves and others?  Researchers will recruit and evaluate volunteers in a simulator to test the feasibility of using existing in-vehicle technologies for detecting driving impairment due to alcohol and cannabis in a controlled setting.

University of California San Diego

Investigation of mechanisms leading to sudden medical emergencies

What clues can help predict a driver’s incapacitation and illness before it becomes an emergency?  Researchers will use hospital and naturalistic driving data to investigate physiologic and behavioral signatures that may indicate impending sudden medical emergencies in order to enhance options for early intervention.

University of Michigan Medical School
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Iowa State University

Effectiveness of driver management systems for driver attention

How can vehicle interfaces enhance a driver’s engagement in the driving task as automation capability advances?  Researchers will use a driving simulator to evaluate driver management technologies and develop tools to enhance cooperation between human drivers and automated driving systems.

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Projects are identified based on their application to CSRC’s proposed research tracks for the next five-year period – Human-Centric, Safety Assurance and Assessment – which weave together the diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds of CSRC’s team.

On top of the multi-year projects announced today and in April, CSRC has announced its pursuit of smaller research investigations to explore potential new topics and collaborator relationships. The investigations enable CSRC to explore contributions to current and emerging safety issues for future project planning. The investigation topics include differences in risky driving behavior across cultures, relationships between child passengers and crash trends and differences in safety perceptions across socioeconomic groups. By working with researchers on these topics early on, CSRC is laying the foundation for future breakthroughs in these and other areas of growing importance. CSRC welcomes continued scientific discussion on these and other potential topics for early investigations.

Toyota created the Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) in 2011 to advance traffic safety for the industry and society through open partnerships with universities, hospitals and other institutions. From 2011-2022, CSRC has received $85 million for foundational safety research, including development of tools and testing procedures related to the efficacy of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and research into human factors on vehicle safety.

Including ongoing work, CSRC has undertaken 98 research projects with more than 30 different institutions, published over 260 research papers and engaged more than 300 researchers, who have publicly shared the output globally. The projects have made meaningful contributions to help advance research and technology for the safe integration of future mobility solutions for all.

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