Title: Smartphone use while driving - a simulator study
Organisation: IAM & TRL
Date uploaded: 12th March 2012
Date published/launched: March 2012
The IAM commissioned TRL to analyse whether using a smartphone to access social networking sites affects driving.
The IAM commissioned TRL to analyse whether using a smartphone to access social networking sites affects driving. The full results can be found in ‘Smartphone use while driving - a simulator study’, published separately on our website.
The results of the experiment clearly show that participants’ driving performance was impaired by the smartphone task.
There was a significant impact on:
• Time spent looking at the road
• Reaction times to stimuli
• Lane position
These results suggest that participants’ driving was significantly impaired when they were using a smartphone while driving.
The researchers concluded that three types of distraction affected driver behaviour; having to concentrate on the smartphone task (cognitive), holding the phone (physical), and the significant increase in time spent looking at the phone (visual) in order to interact with it.
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