The Effect of experience and gender of drivers' on situation awareness and mental workload

Xueqin Hao, Zhiguo Wang, Fan Yang, Ying Wang, Yanru Guo, Kan Zhang

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In this study, we investigated the effects of the different driving experience and gender on the driver's situation awareness (SA) and the mental workload (MWL). A PC-based driving simulator was used to present experiment task and SA task. The MWL measures in this study consisted of the physiological measures and the subjective assessment. The results showed that with the increasing of traffic, the driving performance did not worsen, however participant's MWL increased, at the same time, me participant's SA performance deteriorated. We also found that female participants got better SA performance than male participants. However we seldom found the significant effect of driving experience on the drivers' driving performance, SA performance, and the MWL score.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFirst International Conference on Transportation Engineering
EditorsQiyuan Peng, Kelvin Wang, Yanjun Qui, Pum Yun, Xia Luo, Bin Shuai
Place of PublicationReston, Virginia
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780784409329
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Transportation Engineering (1st : 2007) - Chengdu, China
Duration: 22 Jul 200724 Jul 2007


ConferenceInternational Conference on Transportation Engineering (1st : 2007)
CityChengdu, China


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