The Australian Naturalistic Driver Study: from beginnings to launch.
The Australian Naturalistic Driving Study (ANDS), a ground-breaking study of Australian driver behaviour, 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 events, along with the roles speeding, distraction and other factors have on such events._x000D_
360 volunteer drivers across NSW and Victoria – 180 in New South Wales and 180 in Victoria – will be monitored by a Data Acquisition System (DAS) that will record 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._x000D_
_x000D_Planning of the ANDS commence almost two years earlier in June 2013 when the Multi-Institutional Agreement for the equipment purchasing and assembling phase, was signed by most of the parties involved in this large scale $4 million study (5 university accident research centres, 3 government regulators, 2 third party insurers and an industry partner). The second analysis development phase of the program commence a year later in June 2014 after a second grant was awarded._x000D_
_x000D_This paper presents an insider’s view into that two year process leading up to the launch, and how various issues that arose regarding the setting up of the study were overcome. This information will be useful to other organisations considering setting up an NDS. _x000D_