Interactions between cars and motorcycles testing underlying concepts through integration of on-road and simulator studies

Lenne, Michael, Salmon, Paul M., Beanland, Vanessa, Walker, Guy, Underwood, Geoff, & Filtness, Ashleigh J. (2013) Interactions between cars and motorcycles testing underlying concepts through integration of on-road and simulator studies. In 7th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design, 17-20 June 2013, Bolton Landing, New York.

Abstract

We conducted on-road and simulator studies to explore the mechanisms underpinning driver-rider crashes. In Study 1 the verbal protocols of 40 drivers and riders were assessed at intersections as part of a 15km on-road route in Melbourne. Network analysis of the verbal transcripts highlighted key differences in the situation awareness of drivers and riders at intersections. In a further study using a driving simulator we examined in car drivers the influence of acute exposure to motorcyclists. In a 15 min simulated drive, 40 drivers saw either no motorcycles or a high number of motorcycles in the surrounding traffic. In a subsequent 45-60 min drive, drivers were asked to detect motorcycles in traffic. The proportion of motorcycles was manipulated so that there was either a high (120) or low (6) number of motorcycles during the drive. Those drivers exposed to a high number of motorcycles were significantly faster at detecting motorcycles. Fundamentally, the incompatible situation awareness at intersections by drivers and riders underpins the conflicts. Study 2 offers some suggestion for a countermeasure here, although more research around schema and exposure training to support safer interactions is needed.

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ID Code: 63783
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: motorcyclists, driving simulation, drivers
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
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Deposited On: 28 Oct 2013 23:56
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 04:52

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