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Detecting older driver's stress level during real-world driving tasks

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Amy Guo, Daniel Brennan, Professor Phil BlytheORCiD



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This work presents the effect of driving a motor vehicle on the stress levels of older motorists, indicated by monitoring their heart rate increase whilst completing various everyday motoring tasks. Results indicate that whilst older female drivers heart rate varied more significantly than males, the actual age of a participant did not result in a significant change in heart rate due to stress, within the age group tested. The analysis of the results indicates the most stressful manoeuvres undertaken by older drivers and also highlighted tasks which were found difficult with a view to implementing technologies to aid the more senior driver in automotive travel.

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Author(s): Guo W, Brennan D, Blythe PT

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: International Conference on Applied Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 1816-1822

Online publication date: 27/06/2013

Date deposited: 25/03/2013

Publisher: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology


Series Title: International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering