2017 Volume 13 Issue 1 Pages 47-54
We are developing tasks on a laptop computer to enable cheaper and easier driving assessments at medical institutions. The aim of this preliminary study is to characterize the performance of young drivers in the developed tasks. The participants were 42 young licensed drivers who performed a video-based hazard detection task and a visual searching task (Trail Making Test). In the hazard detection task, they were instructed to touch the hazardous events on the computer screen that was likely to become involved in a traffic conflict during a driving video. Results showed that the video included 11 hazards and young drivers detected hazardous events during a particular period of time. For the visual searching tasks, our computer-based TMT had proper cognitive load, which was not found in existing paper-based TMT. Further investigations recruiting subjects from other age groups should be necessary to validate our driving assessment programs.