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ARU Research Activities

Geoff Underwood's work investigates the relationship between skill development and the deployment of attention. Eye-tracking is used to determine the direction of attention in driving-related tasks.

David Clarke's group does sequential case studies using police road traffic collision files. They have carried out a number of major projects for TRL/DTLR/DETR/DfT and others on topics including junction accidents, overtaking accidents, young drivers' accidents, motorcycle accidents, work-related accidents, fatal accidents, child-pedestrian accidents, cyclist fatalities, the role of social deprivation in fatal RTCs, and elderly drivers' accidents.

Peter Chapman's research explores drivers' deployment of visual attention and subsequent memory for driving situations. Drivers' memories for hazardous events are generally extremely poor and subject to systematic distortions. One particular focus is on the way attention and memory are distorted in hazardous situations and actual accidents and near-accidents.

David Crundall's work is concerned with the he development of visual skills in the transition from learner to experienced driver. He investigates the allocation of attention through the use of eye trackers and behavioural studies which include on-road and simulated driving. He heads up the Nottingham Integrated Transport and Environmental Simulator facility (NITES) and has undertaken work for the DSA, the DfT, the Highways Agency, the EPSRC, the ESRC, and several corporate and charitable institutions concerned with driving

Angie Young is interested in the effect of providing a running verbal commentary while driving. She is investigating the effects of commentary driving on cognition, eye movements, hazard perception and driving behaviour. She is also exploring the potential benefits of commentary training for novice drivers.