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Driver Distraction, Interface, and Workload

UMTRI researchers develop and evaluate equipment such as controls, displays, navigation systems, cell phones, and warnings used in the car while driving. Their goal is to better understand how people drive, which tasks they can safely handle and which are distracting, and where drivers look while they drive. This research is conducted in UMTRI's driving simulator, which has been used to examine the effects of alcohol and physical disabilities, and is being considered for use in studying the effects of medications on driving ability.

Recent Publications

Current knowledge on adolescent driver distraction
C. Raymond Bingham

journal article IN: Journal of adolescent health. Vol. 5, issue 5, suppl. (May 2014), p. S1-S2.

Motor vehicle collisions (crashes) are the leading cause of death to adolescents and are a major contributor to nonfatal injuries....

Driver distraction: A perennial but preventable public health threat to adolescents
C. Raymond Bingham

journal article IN: Journal of adolescent health. Vol. 54, issue 5, suppl. (May 2014), p. S3-S5.

Although public health efforts have made some progress in reducing risk of adolescent motor vehicle crashes over the last three decades...

Experimental effects of injunctive norms on simulated risky driving among teenage males
Bruce G. Simons-Morton, C. Raymond Bingham, Emily B. Falk, Kaigang Li, Anuj K. Pradhan, Marie Claude Ouimet, Farideh Almani, Jean T. Shope

journal article IN: Health psychology, vol 33(7), Jul 2014, 616-627

Teenage passengers affect teenage driving performance, possibly by social influence. To examine the effect of social norms on driving...

Keep your eyes on the road: Young driver crash risk increases according to duration of distraction
Bruce G. Simons-Morton, Feng Guo, Sheila G. Klauer, Johnathon P. Ehsani, Anuj K. Pradhan

journal article IN: Journal of adolescent health. Vol. 54, issue 5, suppl. (May 2014), p. S61-S67.

Secondary task engagement that distracts the driver is a contributing factor to motor vehicle crashes among adults. However, the...

Neural responses to exclusion predict susceptibility to social influence
Emily B. Falk, Christopher N. Cascio, Matthew Brook O'Donnell, Joshua Carp, Francis J. Tinney Jr., C. Raymond Bingham, Jean T. Shope, Marie Claude Ouimet, Anuj K. Pradhan, Bruce G. Simons-Morton

journal article IN: Journal of Adolescent Health, volume 54, number 5, supplement, May 2014, pp. S22–S31

Social influence is prominent across the lifespan, but sensitivity to influence is especially high during adolescence and is often...