Attentional Tracking of Multiple Vehicles in a Highway Driving Scenario

Martin Lochner, Lana Trick
2011 Proceedings of the 6th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design : driving assessment 2011   unpublished
In this paper we introduce a 'vehicle tracking' task, which tests the ability of a driver to track the location of multiple vehicles on the roadway. Based on the 'multiple object tracking' task (Pylyshyn & Storm, 1988 ), the vehicle tracking task presents the driver with an array of identical vehicles immediately in front of the subject vehicle. The task consists of three distinct stages: encoding, during which the target vehicles are indicated to the driver; tracking, during which all vehicles
more » ... which all vehicles change lanes in a random order; and report, during which the participant indicates the final location of the target vehicles. Using this methodology, we test the accuracy with which university-aged drivers can track multiple vehicles in a 3-lane highway driving scenario. Our particular interest in this paper is how the ability to attend to multiple vehicles changes as task load increases.
doi:10.17077/drivingassessment.1390 fatcat:were2gorfzbxrbpp7npajve4mi