Car drivers are needed for Australia’s first Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS), being led by the University of New South Wales in collaboration with several other leading universities. This study is part-funded by the NRMA.
The aim of the study is to improve road safety in Australia by better understanding how people drive in normal and safety-critical situations.
For the study, 360 participant drivers will have their own vehicles equipped for four months with a compact data collection system that records their driving behaviour, the behaviour of their vehicle and their interactions with other road users. The equipment is designed so as not to damage the vehicle or interfere with normal operations of the vehicle.
All vehicles will be equipped with the data collection system at a designated installation site by qualified technicians in Sydney or Melbourne. During the installation process, participants will be invited to complete a series of questionnaires, two physical tests (grip strength and rapid walking) and some non-invasive vision tests.
After that, participants will drive their vehicle as they normally would and, after four months, complete an exit questionnaire and have the data collection equipment removed by a qualified technician.
Participants, who complete the study satisfactorily, will receive two (2) $125 Coles-Myer Shopping vouchers (one after installation of study equipment and one after removal of study equipment).
To be eligible for this study, participants need to:
- be between 20 and 70 years of age;
- hold a valid NSW or Victorian driver’s licence (full licence only);
- own a registered passenger vehicle (sedan, coupe, hatchback, station wagon, or sports utility vehicle/four-wheel drive) or have owner permission to use a registered passenger vehicle; and
- drive at least 10 trips a week.