Drivers' perception of vulnerable road users: A hazard perception approach

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The present study examined how experienced and young-inexperienced drivers (either trained in hazard perception or not) respond to and identify pedestrians when they appear in residential roads within populated neighborhoods and in urban roads located outside neighborhoods and usually less populated. As part of a hazard perception test, participants were connected to an eye tracking system and were asked to observe 58 traffic scene movies and press a response button each time they detected a hazardous situation. Analyzing all pedestrian-related events revealed that, regardless of driving experience or training, drivers detect pedestrians less often when they appear in urban areas and more often when they appear in residential areas. Moreover, experienced drivers processed information more efficiently than young-inexperienced drivers (both trained and untrained) when pedestrians were identified. Visual search patterns in urban and residential traffic environments are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-166
Number of pages7
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Driving experience
  • Eye movements
  • Hazard perception
  • Pedestrians


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