Conference Proceeding

A Recording and Analysis System of Bioptic Driving Behaviors

  • Gang Luo (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA)
  • Xianping Fu (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA)
  • Eli Peli (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA)


Millions of visually impaired people do not drive because they fail to meet the general vision requirements. There is a legal option in 38 US states where people with moderate central vision loss (e.g. visual acuity better than 20/200) may be permitted to drive while wearing spectacle-mounted bioptic telescopes. However, the safety of bioptic driving is still highly controversial, because bioptic use in driving is not well understood. Whether and how bioptic telescopes are actually used in driving, how they should be used appropriately, and whether their use results in better or worse driving performance has never been scientifically established. We are developing an in-car camera system that can be installed in bioptic drivers’ own vehicles to record their daily driving activities over long periods of time. Videos of the driver and traffic, GPS coordinates, XYZ acceleration, and vehicle black box data are recorded. We are also developing computer-aided reviewing techniques to automatically identify the most informative driving segments from the vast amount of data and, reconstruct the selected driving maneuvers on an interactive interface, so that these representative segments can be assessed off-line by driver evaluation and training specialists.

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Luo, G. & Fu, X. & Peli, E., (2009) “A Recording and Analysis System of Bioptic Driving Behaviors”, Driving Assessment Conference 5(2009), 460-467. doi:

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Published on
24 Jun 2009
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