Brackstone, M.A and Waterson, B.J.
Are we looking where we are going? An exploratory examination of eye movement in high speed driving.
Proceedings of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
83rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board
Transportation Research Board.
This paper reports on results of an exploratory study aimed at examining driver glance behaviour, near the onset of and during congestion on motorways and how it is affected by factors external to the vehicle. Data has been collected on eye movements from six test subjects, each undertaking three test drives. Analysis has examined average glance times and fraction of time spent looking into a number of broadly defined areas. The study has revealed that on the whole drivers spend 80% of their time looking into a ‘forward’ area and, on average, look away from the forward scene for around 0.65 sec. at a time. In addition to variations between subjects, factors such as road section were found to contribute to variation, however no firm dependence on the level of traffic flow was found. It is hoped that this exploratory study has helped to reveal a number of ‘baseline’ dependencies regarding glance behaviour, and further, that this information will be of use to a range of fields, from the design of invehicle telematics systems, though to simulation science.
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