Perception of Time in Traffic Congestion and Drivers’ Stress

In many large cities worldwide, traffic congestion is a critical issue. In general, secondary tasks are considered dangerous while driving. However, in heavy traffic, where the major driving task is significantly reduced, secondary tasks may reduce burden on drivers, maintain their arousal level, and cause them to perceive time as moving more quickly. In this study, we conducted an experiment using virtual congestion to clarify drivers’ stress, reaction delay, and perceived time under in-car activities of listening to music (passive task), and completing a quiz and talking with a passenger (active tasks). As a result, under “do nothing,” drivers perceived time as moving slowly and felt higher stress and drowsiness. Meanwhile, under the passive and active tasks, they perceived time as moving quickly and both the passive and active tasks showed stress reduction effects. Thus, it is necessary to develop driving support technology focusing on psychological, behavioral, and motivational aspects of drivers.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 165-174
  • Monograph Title: International Conference on Transportation and Development 2019: Innovation and Sustainability in Smart Mobility and Smart Cities

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01729978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784482582
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Feb 3 2020 7:58AM