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i. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility;
ii. The accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection;
iii. Ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and
iv. Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
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The first experiment will examine factors contributing to driver errors in the use of keyless ignition and gear selection controls using a driving simulator (simulator experiment), and the second experiment will evaluate the lack of effectiveness in current audible warnings designed to prevent rollaways related to leaving propulsion systems operative when the driver leaves the vehicle (rollaway warning experiment). The simulator experiment will be conducted in a laboratory setting and participants will be recruited through email. The rollaway warning experiment will be conducted in a public parking lot using face-to-face recruitment of participants.
Before these experiments are conducted, information about the participants will be collected in order to balance the participants between younger and older age groups, genders, and previous driving experience with keyless ignition. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Age Lab (Age Lab), under contract with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), which is an element of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), would collect the participant information and conduct this research under an Inter-Agency Agreement (IAA) between Volpe Center and NHTSA.
All participants, regardless of which experiment they participate in, will be asked the same recruiting questions.
On April 30, 2012, NHTSA published a notice announcing the proposed collection of information and providing a 60-day comment period (77 FR 25533). The agency received one comment from