STRIDE-Funded Project, Effects of Roadside Distractors on Performance of Drivers With & Without Attention Deficit Tendencies, to be Presented at TRB 2017

RESEARCH TEAM: Michael P. Hunter, Michael O. Rodgers, Gregory M. Corso, F. Atiyya Shaw, Sung Jun Park, JongIn Bae, Zoe Becerra

Georgia Tech and Morehead State researchers led by Dr. Michael Hunter will be presenting the results of the STRIDE funded project “Distracted Driving – It is not always a choice,” at the 96th Annual Transportation Research Board in January 2017. The research team studied the influence of roadside distractors on the performance of drivers with and without attention deficit disorders. Roadside distractors studied included an accident scene, dynamic billboard, police cars, and active work zone. The study was conducted using the team’s National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) MiniSim ®. Overall, the team found that the studied roadside distractors have statistically significant effects on the variability of lane position and speed for all drivers; while, drivers with attention deficit tendencies displayed increased lane position variability over the control group drivers across all roadway segments (i.e. with and without distractors). Of the distractors studied, billboards and work zones were shown to have the most significant impacts on driver inattention, as shown through decreased detection time margins and error rates respectively. This study is one of the first in the literature to examine the effects of roadside distractors on drivers with and without attention deficit disorders. “We hope that this study will increase attention on the importance of environmental factors on driver performance, particularly as road systems become more visually complex,” Dr. Hunter said.

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Dr. Michael P. Hunter
Associate Professor
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology