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White House honors the Mayor of Mcity

White House honors the

Jim Sayer, the "Mayor" of Mcity, is honored Tuesday, October 13th at the White House by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox as one of eleven 2015 Transportation Champions of Change.

Last Tuesday the White House Champions of Change event honored eleven Champions of Change who are innovating in transportation and growing the American economy. ISD's own James Sayer was selected as one of those eleven honorees. The award is given to transportation leaders "who have provided exemplary leadership in advancing transportation and championing innovation that will benefit our nation's transportation system for decades to come," White House officials said. 

As a research scientist in the Human Factors Group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Dr. Sayers has participated in both basic and translational research in the driver assistance and advanced safety systems development, naturalistic driving behavior, driver distraction, driver vision, and pedestrian conspicuity areas. 

Dr. Sayer is currently the project manager of the U.S. DOT-sponsored program, Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment. This project aims to provide the U.S. DOT with data of connected-vehicle technologies in real-world environments in order to determine driver acceptance for the feasibility, scalability, security and device interoperability of these technologies. 

Dr. Sayer has a plethora of experience in the area of driver assistance systems, overseeing four operational tests which involved several hundred drivers and over 1.2 miles of data. In addition, Dr. Sayer has conducted a sizeable amount of research on the effects of distracted driving (including the effects of cell phone use) as well as the effects of pedestrian conspicuity.

View recent Connected and Automated Vehicles class page taught by Dr. Sayer:

For more information and a listing of all the 2015 Champions of Change visit:   or

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