The Australian naturalistic driving study: from beginnings to launch

Ann Williamson, Raphael Grzebieta, Jan Eusebio, Wu Yi Zheng, John Wall, Judith L. Charlton, Mike Lenné, Jack Haley, Ben Barnes, Andry Rakotonirainy, Jeremy Woolley, Teresa Senserrick, Kristie Young, Narelle Haworth, Mike Regan, Samanatha Cockfield, David Healy, Antonietta Cavallo, Marilyn Di Stefano, Hee Loong WongIain Cameron, Michael Cornish

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The Australian Naturalistic Driving Study (ANDS), a ground-breaking study of Australian driver behaviour and performance, was officially launched on April 21st, 2015 at UNSW. The ANDS project will provide a realistic perspective on the causes of vehicle crashes and near miss crash events, along with the roles speeding, distraction and other factors have on such events. A total of 360 volunteer drivers across NSW and Victoria - 180 in NSW and 180 in Victoria - will be monitored by a Data Acquisition System (DAS) recording continuously for 4 months their driving behaviour using a suite of cameras and sensors. Participants’ driving behaviour (e.g. gaze), the behaviour of their vehicle (e.g. speed, lane position) and the behaviour of other road users with whom they interact in normal and safety-critical situations will be recorded. Planning of the ANDS commenced over two years ago in June 2013 when the Multi-Institutional Agreement for a grant supporting the equipment purchase and assembly phase was signed by parties involved in this large scale $4 million study (5 university accident research centres, 3 government regulators, 2 third party insurers and 2 industry partners). The program’s second development phase commenced a year later in June 2014 after a second grant was awarded. This paper presents an insider's view into that two year process leading up to the launch, and outlines issues that arose in the set-up phase of the study and how these were addressed. This information will be useful to other organisations considering
setting up an NDS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference
Place of PublicationMawson, ACT
PublisherAustralasian College of Road Safety
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Road Safety Conference (1st : 2015) - Gold Coast, Queensland
Duration: 14 Oct 201516 Oct 2015


ConferenceAustralasian Road Safety Conference (1st : 2015)
CityGold Coast, Queensland


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