The efficacy of driver performance and subjective measures for investigating fatigue and distraction: a simulator study

Christine Mulvihill, Tim Horberry, Michael Fitzharris, Michael G. Lenne, Jonny Kuo, Nico Riquelme, Darren Wood, Mitch Peden

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Driver fatigue and distraction contribute to a significant proportion of traffic fatalities and injuries worldwide. This paper presents a sub-set of results from an ongoing collaborative research program to develop and evaluate driver state monitoring technology to reduce road trauma. Seventy participants completed simulated drives and a secondary task distraction protocol under both drowsy and alert conditions. Preliminary results show that under the drowsy and distracted conditions, drivers experienced a higher proportion of lane exceedances and crashes than when they were alert and non-distracted, and were more likely to self-report higher levels of subjective sleepiness when drowsy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 Australasian Road Safety Conference
Place of PublicationACT Australia
PublisherAustralasian College of Road Safety
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAustralasian Road Safety Conference 2018: Towards Zero - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 Oct 20185 Oct 2018


ConferenceAustralasian Road Safety Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleACRS 2018
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  • fatigue
  • distraction
  • drowsy driving
  • simulation
  • crash

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