The cause of traffic accidents when drivers use car phones and the functional requirements of car phones for safe driving

Tomoyuki Fuse, Katsuya Matsunaga, Kazunori Shidoji, Yuji Matsuki, Kouji Umezaki

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper reports how driving behaviour is affected by the use of mobile phones. We measured the reaction time (RT) in various conditions to detect what kind of effects mobile phone use has in the face of accidents. It is important to study RT in driving because the stopping distance of the car varies with the driver's RT. For this study, we prepared a system which measures the time from when a lamp mounted on the windshield of the car lights up to when the driver steps on the brake pedal. The RT was measured under three conditions: a) During a conversion using a handset b) During a manual task with a handset c) During a manual task with a handset, with eyes on the road ahead. The results of our experiments showed that the RT was prolonged unexpectedly when the driver took his eyes off the road to make or to take a phone call. The main effect of the car phone appears to be on the distraction of visual attention, rather than on physical or mental demand in operating the phone and engaging in a conversation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-56
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Vehicle Design
Volume26
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 26 2001

Fingerprint

Highway accidents
Railroad cars
Mobile phones
Windshields
Electric lamps
Brakes
Accidents
Experiments

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Cite this

The cause of traffic accidents when drivers use car phones and the functional requirements of car phones for safe driving. / Fuse, Tomoyuki; Matsunaga, Katsuya; Shidoji, Kazunori; Matsuki, Yuji; Umezaki, Kouji.

In: International Journal of Vehicle Design, Vol. 26, No. 1 SPEC. ISS, 26.06.2001, p. 48-56.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fuse, Tomoyuki ; Matsunaga, Katsuya ; Shidoji, Kazunori ; Matsuki, Yuji ; Umezaki, Kouji. / The cause of traffic accidents when drivers use car phones and the functional requirements of car phones for safe driving. In: International Journal of Vehicle Design. 2001 ; Vol. 26, No. 1 SPEC. ISS. pp. 48-56.
@article{7ab56ba84e7d417ba54814f5e008ea70,
title = "The cause of traffic accidents when drivers use car phones and the functional requirements of car phones for safe driving",
abstract = "This paper reports how driving behaviour is affected by the use of mobile phones. We measured the reaction time (RT) in various conditions to detect what kind of effects mobile phone use has in the face of accidents. It is important to study RT in driving because the stopping distance of the car varies with the driver's RT. For this study, we prepared a system which measures the time from when a lamp mounted on the windshield of the car lights up to when the driver steps on the brake pedal. The RT was measured under three conditions: a) During a conversion using a handset b) During a manual task with a handset c) During a manual task with a handset, with eyes on the road ahead. The results of our experiments showed that the RT was prolonged unexpectedly when the driver took his eyes off the road to make or to take a phone call. The main effect of the car phone appears to be on the distraction of visual attention, rather than on physical or mental demand in operating the phone and engaging in a conversation.",
author = "Tomoyuki Fuse and Katsuya Matsunaga and Kazunori Shidoji and Yuji Matsuki and Kouji Umezaki",
year = "2001",
month = "6",
day = "26",
doi = "10.1504/IJVD.2001.001924",
language = "English",
volume = "26",
pages = "48--56",
journal = "International Journal of Vehicle Design",
issn = "0143-3369",
publisher = "Inderscience Enterprises Ltd",
number = "1 SPEC. ISS",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The cause of traffic accidents when drivers use car phones and the functional requirements of car phones for safe driving

AU - Fuse, Tomoyuki

AU - Matsunaga, Katsuya

AU - Shidoji, Kazunori

AU - Matsuki, Yuji

AU - Umezaki, Kouji

PY - 2001/6/26

Y1 - 2001/6/26

N2 - This paper reports how driving behaviour is affected by the use of mobile phones. We measured the reaction time (RT) in various conditions to detect what kind of effects mobile phone use has in the face of accidents. It is important to study RT in driving because the stopping distance of the car varies with the driver's RT. For this study, we prepared a system which measures the time from when a lamp mounted on the windshield of the car lights up to when the driver steps on the brake pedal. The RT was measured under three conditions: a) During a conversion using a handset b) During a manual task with a handset c) During a manual task with a handset, with eyes on the road ahead. The results of our experiments showed that the RT was prolonged unexpectedly when the driver took his eyes off the road to make or to take a phone call. The main effect of the car phone appears to be on the distraction of visual attention, rather than on physical or mental demand in operating the phone and engaging in a conversation.

AB - This paper reports how driving behaviour is affected by the use of mobile phones. We measured the reaction time (RT) in various conditions to detect what kind of effects mobile phone use has in the face of accidents. It is important to study RT in driving because the stopping distance of the car varies with the driver's RT. For this study, we prepared a system which measures the time from when a lamp mounted on the windshield of the car lights up to when the driver steps on the brake pedal. The RT was measured under three conditions: a) During a conversion using a handset b) During a manual task with a handset c) During a manual task with a handset, with eyes on the road ahead. The results of our experiments showed that the RT was prolonged unexpectedly when the driver took his eyes off the road to make or to take a phone call. The main effect of the car phone appears to be on the distraction of visual attention, rather than on physical or mental demand in operating the phone and engaging in a conversation.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0034974565&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0034974565&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1504/IJVD.2001.001924

DO - 10.1504/IJVD.2001.001924

M3 - Article

VL - 26

SP - 48

EP - 56

JO - International Journal of Vehicle Design

JF - International Journal of Vehicle Design

SN - 0143-3369

IS - 1 SPEC. ISS

ER -