James Sayer

James Sayer

James Sayer

Instructor, ISD
Research Scientist, Human Factors Group
Director, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
 
 
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.