About the Driver's Edge Program
Driver’s Edge is a free half-day program for drivers ages 21
and younger (with a valid license or permit) that teaches real
life emergency avoidance and response techniques and overall
driver safety. Taught by true driving professionals through a
unique combination of behind the wheel and classroom experiences,
Edge was specifically developed to address the unacceptably high
number of youth related automobile collisions and fatalities
that occur each year.
Programs are conducted on an annual National Tour (visiting multiple
cities throughout the United States) and on an ongoing basis in Las Vegas,
Nevada, the home of Driver’s Edge.
Goals and Objectives of the Teen Driving Behavior Project
Driver’s Edge is a unique project which provides a great opportunity to understand how
teenagers of today perceive the responsibility of driving. Teenagers attend the program to
learn various situations of driving. Driver's Edge also maintain records of pre and post
surveys to track their issues, and their own understanding of how well they drive, and what
they have learned from the driving program.
A great program remains effective as long as it can monitor itself and then utilize
the obtained learning for its own improvement. This project plans to accomplish the same
by providing necessary tools and analytics which can empower users and program managers
to better tailor the content for changing needs. These goals can be described as:
1. Aiding Driver’s Edge program in shifting over to electronic survey and data management.
2. Providing Driver’s Edge program with necessary tools for analytics for its enhancement.
3. Identification of demographics based trends for teenage and new drivers.
4. Development of web based software for mobile and desktop systems.
5. Providing more accessible channels for the new drivers to track their improvement.
6. Providing understanding of the expected driving patterns.
7. Providing social tools for more awareness attributed to dangers of neglect during driving.
8. Increasing awareness among new drivers for requirement to learn safety related maneuvers.
1. Architecting a software system to obtain de-identified survey data from Driver’s Edge.
2. Development of web based survey application for Driver’s Edge for both
desktops and mobile devices.
3. Development of descriptive analytics for above mentioned surveys.
4. Development of web based tool for data visualization, with statistical engine
attached for custom analysis on real time basis.
5. Architecting and developing the social hooks into the above application for
increasing awareness about Driver’s Edge program and perils of neglected driving in general.
1. Obtain de-identified, past survey data from Driver’s Edge and convert
to electronic format. (August-Oct)
2. Development of architecture for a real-time survey system to deploy at UNLV server,
in association with Driver’s Edge, which de-identifies the data stored on TRC server. (Oct)
3. Development of a web based survey system based on the above mentioned architecture. (Oct-Nov)
4. Development of mobile version of the system described in 3.(Nov-Dec)
5. Providing a basic outcome analysis based on a variety of parameters already
available in the survey data. This will be achieved by simple statistical methods
and generating appropriate plots.(Dec-Jan)
6. Development of web based statistical engine for custom real-time statistical analysis. (Jan-June)
7. Development of visualization engine on top of web based statistical engine. (Jan-June)
8. Development of social features for sharing of the above data on popular networks like facebook, twitter etc.( June-July)
9. Defining a set of guidelines for data management between TRC and Driver’s Edge.
10. To track in-kind contributions made during the course of the grant period.
11. Monthly and Annual Progress Reports along with analysis of the entire project,
and disseminate the same through appropriate peer reviewed publications and presentations.