Understanding driver distraction associated with specific behavioural interactions with in-vehicle and portable technologies

In-vehicle distraction contributes significantly to road trauma. Consequently, there is a need to understand the level of crash risk and performance degradation associated with driver engagement with in-vehicle technologies. This will assist in better informing the design of legislation and other road safety countermeasures. This study, commissioned by VicRoads, had two aims: (a) to develop a taxonomy that links different technologies (including mobile phones, in-vehicle computer screens, video screens, head-mounted displays and head-up displays), their functions and the specific behavioural actions required of the driver when interacting with them, to changes in driving performance and crash risk; and (b) to identify any gaps in scientific knowledge about crash risks associated with specific driver behavioural interactions with in-vehicle technologies. This involved a literature review and a series of task analyses. The precise links between driver behaviour, performance and safety outcomes could not be discerned for all technologies and their associated functions. However, the taxonomy derived from this study is a ‘living resource’ that can be expanded and refined as more research data become available.


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  • Accession Number: 01632506
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 24 2017 10:12AM