Eye movements reveal how drivers negotiate roads

Eye movements reveal how drivers negotiate roads

People driving on the right hand side of the road look further ahead when negotiating a bend to the left than a bend to the right, a study has shown.

When driving on winding roads, drivers tend to look at a specific point on the lane marking called the tangent point, but researchers from the University of Munster in Germany have found that the further drivers can see ahead, the less they have to look at this point.

These findings have been published in the Journal of Vision in an article titled Car Drivers Attend to Different Gaze Targets when Negotiating Closed vs. Open Bends.

"The ultimate goal of the project is to build a device into cars that warns the driver if he is in danger of unintentionally departing from the lane," said study author Farid Kandil of the department of psychology at the University of Munster.

An earlier study by, Dr Charles Musselwhite from the University of the West of England announced plans to research the reasons why older people consider giving up driving.

by Emily Tait

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