Conference Proceeding

Interactions between Cars and Motorcycles: Testing Underlying Concepts through Integration of On-Road and Simulator Studies

Authors
  • Michael G Lenné (Monash University Accident Research Centre - Monash University, Victoria, Australia)
  • Gregory M Salmon (University of the Sunshine Coast - Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia)
  • Vanessa Beanland (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
  • Guy H Walker (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • Geoff Underwood (University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England)
  • Ashleigh Filtness (Monash University Accident Research Centre - Monash University, Victoria, Australia)

Abstract

We conducted on-road and simulator studies to explore the mechanisms underpinning driver-rider crashes. In Study 1 the verbal protocols of 40 drivers and riders were assessed at intersections as part of a 15km on-road route in Melbourne. Network analysis of the verbal transcripts highlighted key differences in the situation awareness of drivers and riders at intersections. In a further study using a driving simulator we examined in car drivers the influence of acute exposure to motorcyclists. In a 15 min simulated drive, 40 drivers saw either no motorcycles or a high number of motorcycles in the surrounding traffic. In a subsequent 45-60 min drive, drivers were asked to detect motorcycles in traffic. The proportion of motorcycles was manipulated so that there was either a high (120) or low (6) number of motorcycles during the drive. Those drivers exposed to a high number of motorcycles were significantly faster at detecting motorcycles. Fundamentally, the incompatible situation awareness at intersections by drivers and riders underpins the conflicts. Study 2 offers some suggestion for a countermeasure here, although more research around schema and exposure training to support safer interactions is needed.

How to Cite:

Lenné, M. & Salmon, G. & Beanland, V. & Walker, G. & Underwood, G. & Filtness, A., (2013) “Interactions between Cars and Motorcycles: Testing Underlying Concepts through Integration of On-Road and Simulator Studies”, Driving Assessment Conference 7(2013), 271-277. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1500

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Published on
19 Jun 2013
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