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Colloquium: Driver inattention

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Today's date is Wednesday, March 03, 2021
Driver inattention : Understanding why drivers fail to notice the obvious Other events...
Dr Vanessa Beanland is a Lecturer in the Research School of Psychology at The Australian National University. Her primary research interests are visual attention, inattention and distraction, particularly as they pertain to road user behaviour. Prior to joining ANU in January 2013, Vanessa worked as a Research Fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre on projects relating to rail level crossing safety, motorcycle safety (with an emphasis on motorcycle conspicuity and driversí failures to detect motorcyclists) and in-vehicle technology design. She published the first in-depth analysis of the role of inattention and distraction in Australian serious injury crashes; the findings of this research are now being used by the Victorian government to inform driver distraction policy. She also assisted in the development of proposed Australian design guidelines to minimise distraction arising from in-vehicle technology.

Driving is a highly visual task. We must constantly scan the environment for distinct types of information: cues to guide our behaviour (e.g., traffic lights, signs) and potential threats (e.g., vehicles that may come into conflict with us). Failure to detect hazards is a prominent contributory factor to road crashes, involved in approximately 9% of serious injury crashes in Australia. The types of targets that drivers fail to detect are incredibly diverse, ranging from relatively low salience vehicles such as motorcycles to large, conspicuous objects such as passenger trains. This presentation will describe empirical research from simulator and on-road studies, exploring the psychological factors that influence driversí attention and lead them to fail to see such obvious targets.
Speaker(s) Dr Vanessa Beanland
Location The University of Western Australia, Simmonds Lecture Theatre, G01, General Purpose Building 3
Contact David Badcock <[email protected]> : 64883267
Start Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:00
End Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:00
Submitted by Admin Psy <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:56
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