Driver Distraction and Inattention
Report, 2017

In UDRIVE, the major focus of the work on driver inattention and distraction has been focused on obtaining a better understanding of whether and how drivers manage their secondary task activities — when they choose to engage, what tasks they select, whether they adjust their activity to different situations and whether they are willing to surrender secondary task activities as the primary task of driving becomes more demanding. In other words, the focus is on self-regulation, on how drivers manage their secondary task activity in the context of the dynamics of the traffic and road situation. That management includes the determination not to engage in such tasks in the first place or only to engage in some particular activities. NDS are particularly suited to such an investigation, since experimental studies in driving simulators and even on test tracks tend to suffer from an instruction effect, in that participants are typically instructed to carry out an activity at a given moment. Thus such experimental studies provide insight into how driver attention, driver information processing and driving performance are affected by secondary tasks, but are less useful when research is focused on driver management of task activity


Oliver Carsten

Daryl Hibberd

Jonas Bärgman

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Vehicle Safety

Jordanka Kovaceva

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Vehicle Safety

Marta Sofia Pereira Cocron

Mandy Dotzauer

Fabian Utesch

Meng Zhang

Eric Stemmler

Laurette Guyonvarch

Fridulv Sagberg

Fabio Forcolin

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering

Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

Areas of Advance


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