Conference Proceeding

Attentional Tracking of Multiple Vehicles in a Highway Driving Scenario

  • Martin Lochner (University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
  • Lana Trick (University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada)


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 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.

How to Cite:

Lochner, M. & Trick, L., (2011) “Attentional Tracking of Multiple Vehicles in a Highway Driving Scenario”, Driving Assessment Conference 6(2011), 144-150. doi:

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Published on
28 Jun 2011
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