Australian Naturalistic Driving Study
About 1300 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 police, coroners, hospitals, and licensing and registration authorities.
In an Australian-first national study into everyday driving behaviour, the $3 million Australian Naturalistic Driving Study (ANDS) will determine how drivers deal with hazards such as busy intersections that have no traffic lights and difficult driving situations such as pedestrians unexpectedly crossing the road or other drivers engaging in risky behaviour.
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 VicRoads, the Transport Accident Commission, the Centre for Road Safety at Transport for NSW, NRMA, 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.
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.
The unobtrusive and compact equipment to be installed in each driver's car for a four-month long period will include radar, GPS, video cameras that silently record the driver and the view from the front and rear of the vehicle, and instruments to detect speed, lane position, swerving and sudden braking. Through this research the partners 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 behaviour, licensing procedures, or vehicle or road design.
Register your interest
If you’re interested in getting involved in the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study (ANDS) and you want to learn more about your eligibility, go to www.ands.unsw.edu.au
To check your eligibility to participate in the study, register via the Screening Questionnaire at surveys/ands.unsw.edu.au. Participants will receive $250 in gift vouchers.
Have a question about the study? Go to ands.unsw.edu.au/faqs for further details.
View the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study video
Transcript for video
The sophisticated equipment includes a video camera to monitor where the driver is looking.
Professor Raphael Grzebieta, (Project Director, ANDS), in front of an instrumented Hyundai “demonstration vehicle”.
*Images courtesy of UNSW