Performance Metrics for Assessing Driver Distraction: The Quest for Improved Road Safety

This book focuses on the study of secondary task demands imposed by in-vehicle devices on the driver while driving. It provides a mechanism for researchers to evaluate how in-vehicle devices such as navigation systems – as well as other devices such as cell phones – affect driver distraction and impact safety.

This book, which features the work presented by international experts at the 4th International Driver Metrics Workshop, in June 2008, offers a summary of the current state of driver metrics research.

Edited by workshop moderator Dr. Gary L. Rupp, the book introduces vital information to support the design of in-vehicle information and communication systems (IVIS).

Topics covered include:

  • Driver object and event detection
  • Peripheral detection tasks (PDT)
  • Tactile-based detection tasks (TDT)
  • Modified Sternberg method for assessing visual and cognitive load of in-vehicle tasks
  • Modified Sternberg method for assessing peripheral detection task and lane change tests
  • The relationship between performance metrics and crash risk
  • Characterizing driver behaviors observed in naturalist driving studies
  • Developing metrics from lane change test studies

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  • 2010-12-06
  • Published by SAE International with a Product Code of R-402, ISBN of 978-0-7680-3496-7, and 264 pages in a softbound binding.
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"I wholeheartedly recommend this book and believe it will be an important reference for transportation researchers, industry personnel, and government regulators involved in the assesment of driver distraction and, more generally, the design and evaluation of in-vehicle systems." - Richard J. Hanowski, Director of the Center for Truck & Bus Safety at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
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