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Examining the effects of an eco-driving system on driver distraction

April 11, 2011 · · Filed Under Distracted Driving, Eco-Driving, Science, Technology 

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia is seeking participants for a study on potential effects of an eco-driving system on driver dsitraction.

One of the possible causes of driver distraction is in-vehicle driver assistant systems such as eco-driving systems. Eco-driving systems send messages to drivers so that driving performance can be improved in terms of fuel efficiency.

The purpose of this research is to better understand driver distraction caused by in-vehicle systems, in particular, eco-driving systems. This project may ultimately assist in decreasing the number of road fatalities.

The driving component of the study will be conducted in theĀ CARRS-Q Advanced Driving Simulator.

One of the key aspects of the FuelClinic Methodology for eco-driving (using CarChip) is that a simple audible feedback tone is used to remind the driver of previously trained behavior without requiring them to look at a display. There are many gadgets with visual feedback that one can assume might prove to be a distraction for drivers, and this study may help establish if this is in fact true or not.


One Response to “Examining the effects of an eco-driving system on driver distraction”

  1. Buick Minneapolis on April 2nd, 2012 1:28 PM

    It would seem like the best idea would be a small display that is mounted on the windshield like a gps… the huge LCD’s can be distracting if the driver has to look down all the time.

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