Current PPRI Affiliate Projects

“Older Adult Needs and Preferences for Autonomous Vehicle Interiors: A Focus Group Study”

Principle Investigators

Dr. Konstantina Gkritza
Dr. Stacey L. Connaughton

Project Team Members

Dr. L. Allison Roberts, Bement Senior Policy Fellow
Ms. Arianna Rambaram, Graduate Research Assistant

This focus group is being conducted in collaboration with a vehicle manufacturer to collect data on older adults’ needs and preferences with regards to future autonomous vehicle interiors in an effort to increase comfort, safety, and convenience of older occupants. The focus group’s goals are to include older adults in the design process by evaluating how older adults interact with a proposed design and assess their opinions towards it, other desired features, as well as how best to design an interior meant for shared use.


“Design of Educational Material and Public Awareness Campaigns for Improving Work Zone Driver Safety”

Principle Investigators

Dr. Konstantina Gkritza
Dr. Stacey L. Connaughton

Project Team Members

Prince Adu Gyamfi
Sarah Adsit

The overall goal of this project is to improve work zone driver safety in Indiana through driver education and public awareness campaigns. This project will build on the findings of the public opinion survey under SPR 4441 and inputs from INDOT Statewide Safety and INDOT’s back of queue Task Force.