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) is determining 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 donated two cars to the project which are "demonstration vehicles" to showcase the study technologies and promote the project.

The unobtrusive and compact equipment installed in each driver's car included 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 are learning 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 driving phase of the study has now finished, and researchers are analysing the data that has been collected. The results could be used to improve driver behaviour, licensing procedures, or vehicle or road design. 

Have a question about the study? Go to ands.unsw.edu.au/faqs (External link)for further details.

Video

View the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study video (External link)

Transcript for video 

Australian Naturalistic Driving Study Car window

The sophisticated equipment includes a video camera to monitor where the driver is looking.  

Australian Naturalistic Driving Study car with Ralph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Raphael Grzebieta, (Project Director, ANDS), in front of an instrumented  Hyundai  “demonstration vehicle”.

*Images courtesy of UNSW

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