This project was conducted in partnership with University of New South Wales and Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), as well as other research organisations. The study aimed to get a better understanding of what people do when driving their cars in normal and safety-critical situations.
The driving study included 360 volunteer drivers, with 180 from New South Wales and 180 from Victoria. During the study, private vehicles were equipped with a data collection system that silently recorded the participants’ driving behaviours over a period of four months.
Data collected included where drivers were looking, the behaviour of their vehicle (speed) and the behaviour of other road users with whom they interacted, such as other drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists. The data collection systems included multiple sensors, including video camera, GPS, radar and accelerometers.
The Road Safety Technology Team led the initial pilot of the equipment for the ANDS. The following papers have been published using data from the Australiand Naturalistic Driving Study:
- What are Australian drivers doing behind the wheel? An overview of secondary task data from the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study (PDF, 58KB)
- Visualising data of the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study (PDF, 757KB)
- Using naturalistic driving data to examine how drivers share attention when engaging in secondary tasks
If you would like to know more about the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study, please email us at Road Safety Technology