About 1,300 people die and 33,000 more are seriously injured each year on Australian roads and the estimated cost of road trauma to the Australian community is about $27 billion a year. Most evidence about crashes and road trauma comes from data collected after the event by the Police, coroners, hospitals, and licencing and registration authorities.
In this study, 360 volunteer drivers (180 from New South Wales and 180 from Victoria) will have their private vehicle equipped with a data collection system for 4 months. The system will silently record a participant's driving behaviour (e.g. where they are looking), the behaviour of their vehicle (e.g. speed, lane position) and the behaviour of other road users with whom they interact (e.g. other drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians) in normal and safety-critical situations.
Each data collection system will incorporate multiple sensors (video cameras, a still camera, GPS, radar, accelerometers, etc.) to provide a complete picture of driver, vehicle and road user behaviour in all driving situations.
For more information, visit the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study website.
Participants in the study will receive $250 in gift vouchers
- Want to be involved in ground breaking research for a national study that is the first of its kind?
- Interested in road safety and improving our roads?
Volunteer drivers are being sought to participate in the ground-breaking research and have their cars fitted with sophisticated technology that will detect how they react to sudden events during normal driving and how they interact with other road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists. Monash University aims to enrol 180 male and female drivers from NSW and Victoria, aged between 20 and 70, who hold a full driver's licence.
Through this research we will learn how people avoid collisions or other safety-related incidents in everyday driving. The study will also reveal new information on human factors such as distraction, inattention, speeding, aggression and tiredness, which are often the main culprits in collisions. The results could be used to improve driver training, licensing procedures, or vehicle or road design.
The study is led by UNSW in collaboration with Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Adelaide and Virginia Tech. Government and industry partners include the Centre for Road Safety at Transport for NSW, NRMA, the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria, Vicroads, the Motor Accident Commission in South Australia and the Western Australian Office of Road Safety. The project receives funding from the Australian Research Council. Hyundai Australia has donated two cars to the project which will become "demonstration vehicles" to showcase the study technologies and promote the project.
Meet the Melbourne team at MUARC
The Melbourne project is led by Professor Judith Charlton, Dr. Sjaan Koppel and Dr. Kristie Young
The equipment will be installed in your vehicles by MUARC Technical Officers Yik-Xiang Hue and Andrew Lyberopoulos.
The tests and questionnaires will be administered by MUARC Research Assistant Rachel Osborne.
The unobtrusive and compact equipment to be installed in each driver's car for a four-month long period.
The equipment includes:
- Video cameras that continuously monitor the roadway ahead and behind the vehicle
- Video camera to record where the driver is looking at
- Still camera to take an occasional blurred snapshot of the vehicle interior to determine the number of passengers without identifying them
- GPS to provide the location of the vehicle
- Lane tracker software to detect deviations from lane
- Front radar to detect distance to the vehicle in front and track up to six independent targets
- Accelerometer to detect sudden stops, starts and turns
- Sensors to detect ambient light, temperature and swerving, and use of turning signals
- Alcohol sensor to detect the presence of alcohol in the car, although not its source
- Mobileye sensor to detect if the car is speeding, is too close to the car in front, about to have a collision or veer off-road
Note: The sensors will not issue any warnings nor prevent collisions from occurring. Audio will not be recorded unless the driver pushes a red button to describe an incident such as a near miss or a crash.