Evaluating the Effect of Google Glass on Driver Distraction

Distractions inside the automobile are a growing source of crashes. Especially dangerous are in-vehicle distractions that cause the driver to take both his or her mind and eyes away from the forward roadway. Google Glass could potentially reduce the effects of in-vehicle distractions. The symbology associated with the in-vehicle displays is overlaid on the driver's view of the forward roadway, either left, right or center. The driver needs to look up and to the right to see what is in the display. Events which happen on the forward roadway, particularly those which attract visual attention, will still be able to do so with Google Glass, but cannot do so when the driver is looking inside the vehicle or at a smartphone to complete a task such as following a map or attending to a travel alert. However, the anticipation of latent hazards (events which do not attract visual attention) and their mitigation may be compromised by users of Google Glass as much as it is compromised by drivers engaged in a cell phone conversation, especially given the possibility that drivers using Google Glass will believe that they can adequately detect latent hazards because their view of the forward roadway is still available to them. Two experiments will be undertaken on a driving simulator to compare the effect on hazard anticipation and hazard mitigation behaviors of drivers performing secondary tasks displayed on Google Glass and a smartphone with each other and with a comparison group that does not engage in a secondary task. In Experiment 1, the hazards will be latent ones, with no bottom up cues to draw the drivers' attention to the potential threat. In Experiment 2, the hazards will be actual ones where bottom up cues (abrupt onset of a visual stimulus or abrupt change in motion) exist which do draw the drivers' attention to the potential threat.

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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $249876.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39333

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  • Accession Number: 01557732
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC31, UMAR25-25
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2015 1:00AM