A safety suit for smartphone apps: what do the experts say?

Smartphone usage while driving is a worldwide phenomenon which is acknowledged as a major concern for road safety. While being a major cause of risk, smartphones apps may also serve as a means to control and reduce risky driving behavior. However, it is still unclear what features and functions compose a valuable safe driving app. This paper paves the way to establish a blueprint for a "safety suit" for smartphone apps that will have the greatest potential to reduce injury crashes. The methodology used was based on experts opinions retrieved through an Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) model. Twenty six experts participated in the study and individually graded all the alternatives according to various criteria. When weighing safety versus social support considerations – social support turns out to be more important than safety (by a factor of almost 3). The results clearly define the safe type of applications: texting prevention, call limitation, collision warning and IVDR. However, while texting prevention and call limitations are not expected to be widely accepted and used collision warning and IVDR are considered to be.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: 4th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (DDI2015), Sydney: proceedings

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01594959
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 15249
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 30 2016 10:51AM