| Welcome to the 4th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (DDI2015), which will feature keynote speakers, plenary sessions, and presentations on theory, measurement, effects, crash risk and prevention/mitigation. The conference includes special symposia on current research and mitigation challenges, and brings together basic and applied research, the latest policy developments, priorities for research and countermeasure development - and more! |
Driver distraction and inattention continue to be significant road safety problems, worldwide. DDI2015 aims to bring participants up-to-date on recent developments and trends in the field, and to bring together researchers and practitioners. Recent years have seen the increased deployment in vehicles of connected lifestyle and connected-car functionality (smartphone and on-board apps) for information and entertainment; and, at the same time, increased deployment of driver assistance and automated driving functionality for safety. In parallel, there has been an increase in the number of crashes involving distracted pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users. These developments have important implications for the detection, prevention and management of distraction and inattention.
Many stakeholders are developing countermeasures to mitigate the effects of driver distraction and inattention – regulation, design guidelines, consumer electronics innovation, semi-automated vehicles and, more recently, self-driving vehicles. DDI2015 will bring into the spotlight developments in research from mainstream and neighbouring disciplines, and showcase new and emerging technologies, products and countermeasures. It is the premier international conference on this topic, bringing together all stakeholders – researchers, policy makers, vehicle manufacturers and many others.
This year the conference is being held in Sydney, Australia. It is the first time the conference has been held outside Europe, and promises to attract a wider audience from the Asia/Pacific region. The major themes for the conference this year will include distraction and the automated vehicle, and the relationship between research findings yielded in experimental versus real world studies. We welcome you to Australia and to this important international road safety event.
Adjunct Professor Michael Regan, PhD
Adjunct Professor Trent Victor, PhD
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