Development of a Novice Driver Training Module to Accelerate Driver Perceptual Expertise

This project developed a stand-alone training module intended to accelerate the process of perceptual expertise for young, novice drivers. The approach is based on learning technologies that have proven successful in developing expertise in other fields of application. The module was designed to require no special equipment (other than internet access and a monitor of sufficient size and resolution so that images are clear) and be able to be self-administered through a client-server architecture. Expert driving, as in other domains of expertise, is based on a process of rapid and unconscious recognition and response under time pressure. Higher order visual perceptual skills are the essence of this expertise. Experienced drivers are able to quickly recognize emerging situations or potential hidden threats without effortful cognition and thus avoid putting themselves in a serious conflict situation. Novice teen drivers require an extended period to acquire this skill. Current driver training approaches successfully impart procedural knowledge but not the fluency associated with expertise. However, there are advanced learning technologies in the fields of perceptual learning and adaptive learning that are specifically designed to accelerate this process of expertise. Successful applications have been seen in diverse domains, such as medicine/surgery, aviation, and mathematics. These methods have produced rapid and enduring advances with improved fluency, automaticity, and insight. This project developed a training module to deploy advanced learning technologies to accelerate teen driver perceptual learning. A perceptual/adaptive learning module (PALM) was constructed using a client-server architecture, accessible on a computer through a standard web browser. The fully functional system was exercised and piloted for usability with a sample of six teen drivers holding provisional licenses. Formal evaluation of the training benefits of the module was not included within the scope of this project.


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  • Accession Number: 01633329
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2017 9:25AM