A pioneering new study that aims to use data logging equipment installed on motorcycles to record motorcyclists’ behavior, thereby offering new insights about the causes of accidents, has just begun.
The MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study is the first of its kind into motorcycle accidents. It is based on a similar study into car accident prevention. The study is sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, with help from the Virginia Tech transportation Institute.
The study will be conducted over a period of one year, and will involve more than 100 motorcycles, each of which will be fitted with recording equipment. The equipment will include cameras, trackers and other aids that will help researchers monitor motorcyclists’ behavior as they ride every day.