Title: The use of car phones and changes in driver behaviour

Authors: Hakan Alm, Lena Nilsson

Addresses: Linkoping University, S-581 83 Linkoping, Sweden. Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), S-581 01 Linkoping, Sweden

Abstract: The effects of mobile telephone use on traffic safety is discussed in the article. A number of empirical studies are reviewed and it is concluded that the use of a mobile telephone concurrently with car driving may have a negative impact upon traffic safety. The sub-tasks of entering a telephone number and having a demanding conversation are especially likely to increase the risk of an accident. To minimise the negative impact from telephoning on traffic safety, a number of recommendations are suggested.

Keywords: traffic safety; mobile telephones; car driving; divided attention; intelligent vehicles; intelligent roads.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2001.001926

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 2001 Vol.26 No.1, pp.4-11

Published online: 15 Aug 2003 *

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