Where did the car come from? Attention allocation at intersections

Accident analyses have shown that about 36 per cent of all severe accidents happen at intersections. It may be that the driver allocates his attention primarily to certain areas of the intersection, neglecting others. In order to examine this hypothesis, a driving simulator study was conducted where traffic density (low and high) was varied in two intersections with either one or two areas of interest (AOIs). Gaze behaviour and the reaction to two critical incidents were examined. 40 subjects (20 novice and 20 experienced drivers) participated in the study. Results of the subjective data show that both traffic density and increasing number of AOIs have a significant effect on the perceived complexity of the intersection. However, the analysis of simulator accidents shows that attention allocation is more important than the complexity. The results of the study will contribute to a better understanding of the role of the driver's attention in the causation of intersection accidents.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 197-208
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of European Conference on Human Centred Design for Intelligent Transport Systems, April 29-30, 2010, Berlin, Germany

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  • Accession Number: 01382637
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9782953171211
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 1:25PM