US - Washington DC: Crash Avoidance Human Factors Research

- Washington DC, US, NA


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). NHTSA's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce traffic-related health care and other economic costs. The agency develops, promotes and implements effective educational, engineering and enforcement programs with the goal of ending preventable tragedies and reducing economic costs associated with vehicle use and highway travel.

The NHTSA Human Factors/Engineering Integration Division manages research, which explores how to improve driver performance and reduce unsafe behaviors. An additional focus is to evaluate driver's capabilities to benefit from existing or new in-vehicle technologies. The research supports Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), safety defects investigations, consumer information, and advancement of knowledge about driver behaviors and performance that can be applied to the development of vehicle technologies that are compatible with driver capabilities and limitations.

This interaction between the driver and the vehicle occurs through operation of controls, reading displays, interpreting signal light cues from other vehicles, responding to warnings and alerts from crash avoidance systems, and observing roadway events through direct and indirect visibility systems (i.e., windows and mirrors). These interactions define the interfaces between the driver and the vehicle. The manner in which these interfaces are designed and implemented can influence the ability of drivers to accurately sense, understand, and respond to potential traffic conflicts. An interface design that is not matched to the capabilities of the driving population can cause driver errors, distraction, slow response, misperception, and other problems that can contribute to crash causation.

To meet NHTSA's agency, and the Human Factors/Engineering Integration Division mission objectives, the Engineering Integration Division is seeking innovation and partner solutions for one or more multiple award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.


This synopsis, in accordance with FAR 5.203(a), issues a 15 day public notification prior to the issuance of a solicitation DTNH2217R0003. NHTSA intends to issue a solicitation for a Full and Open Competition to document studies and perform experiments in a laboratory setting for the Crash Avoidance Human Factors Research.

Contract Type

 NTHSA intends to award a multiple-award Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract whereby a combination of Cost (No Fee), Cost Sharing, and Cost Plus Fixed Fee Task Orders may be issued, in accordance with FAR 16.505. The applicable NAICS code and size standard for this acquisition are as follows:

               541712 and not greater than 1,000 employees         

The anticipated period of performance is 60 months inclusive of option periods.  The solicitation will be issued on or about December 13, 2016. 

Scope of Work

The objective of this Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract is to provide NHTSA with the capability to award Task Orders that require a range of research skills that could be called into use to quickly plan, conduct, and document studies which evaluate how various vehicle-based systems affect driver behavior and performance using experiments in a laboratory setting, test track, or on public roads. The human factors tests and experiments performed under this IDIQ Contract will provide the support needed by NHTSA to: 

•·       Advance deployment of new in-vehicle technologies;

•·       Assure that safety is maintained;

•·       Evaluate regulatory options; and

•·       Identify potential safety problems.

In order to accomplish these goals and to understand the role of driver/vehicle interaction in crash avoidance, various types of human factors studies are needed to obtain data on driver performance and behavior in response to various vehicle system design parameters. Examples of crash avoidance systems of interest to NHTSA include:

•·       Advanced technology displays and controls, including driver assistance technologies

•·       Active safety systems (such as Forward Crash Avoidance) and automation

•·       Passive Safety Systems (such as Seat Belts and Child Safety Seats)

•·       Forward and rearward lighting/signaling systems

•·       Mirrors and other indirect visibility systems (i.e., video)

•·       Vehicle glazing that affects driver visibility 

Detailed information on how drivers interact with these types of vehicle subsystems is needed to better understand how they affect crash risk, to define system performance requirements that are compatible with the range of driver capabilities, and to predict the effectiveness of possible countermeasures. This information might include such topics as:

•·       Driver decision making during different driving tasks (e.g., lane changing)

•·       The effects of driver age-related factors on performance

•·       The factors affecting driver brake application reaction time and pedal force

•·       Driver expectations and their influence on driver behavior

•·       Driver risk taking and effects on decision making

•·       Measurement of driver distraction

•·       Driver visual search behaviors

•·       Driver reaction to automation 

Offerors may be required to have an approved accounting system to be eligible for award of a Cost Type contract.

The solicitation will be released electronically via this Government Point of Entry (GPE) otherwise known as Federal Business Opportunities or  As such, no written, telephonic or other type of request for an advance copy of the solicitation will be entertained at this time. Potential offerors/vendors are encouraged to register on to receive any further information in reference to the subject action inclusive of any announcements, and/or amendments to the solicitation after its release.

Added: May 23, 2018 7:57 am

The result of this solicitation is a 60 month, Multiple Award Contract for a total $35,000,000.00 as follows:

Contract Number: 693JJ918D000003

Battelle Memorial Institute
$7,000,000.00 (60 months)

Contract Number: 693JJ918D000004

Toxcel LLC
$7,000,000.00 (60 months)

Contract Number: 693JJ918D000005

Texas A&M Transportation Institute
$7,000,000.00 (60 months)

Contract Number: 693JJ918D000006

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
$7,000,000.00 (60 months)

Contract Number: 693JJ918D000007

Westat, Inc.
$7,000,000.00 (60 months)

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Contracting authority
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Washington DC, US, NA
Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
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