UMD Prof. brings distracted driving simulator to State Fair

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2014 Updated Aug 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A University of Minnesota Duluth professor's experiment is finding his latest test subjects at the state fair.

This distracted driving simulator is in the University of Minnesota's new "Driven to Discover" building.

UMD's Dr. Edward Downs created it to test attitude changes toward distracted driving. Participants are asked to text and talk on the phone while driving a simulated vehicle.

Downs says the simulator shows people that they're not as good at multitasking as they think.

Saturday was the last day people could try out the simulator at the fair.