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Do advertisements at the roadside distract the driver?
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Paper Abstract

Nowadays drivers have to get along with an increasing complex visual environment. More and more cars are on the road. There are not only distractions available within the vehicle, like radio and navigation system, the environment outside the car has also become more and more complex. Hoardings, advertising pillars, shop fronts and video screens are just a few examples. For this reason the potential risk of driver distraction is rising. But in which way do the advertisements at the roadside influence the driver's attention? The investigation which is described is devoted to this topic. Various kinds of advertisements played an important role, like illuminated and non-illuminated posters as well as illuminated animated ads. Several test runs in an urban environment were performed. The gaze direction of the driver's eye was measured with an eye tracking system. The latter consists of three cameras which logged the eye movements during the test run and a small-sized scene camera recording the traffic scene. 16 subjects (six female and ten male) between 21 and 65 years of age took part in this experiment. Thus the driver's fixation duration of the different advertisements could be determined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2008
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7003, Optical Sensors 2008, 70032J (28 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780078
Show Author Affiliations
Carmen Kettwich, Univ. Karlsruhe (Germany)
Karsten Klinger, Univ. Karlsruhe (Germany)
Uli Lemmer, Univ. Karlsruhe (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7003:
Optical Sensors 2008
Francis Berghmans; Anna Grazia Mignani; Antonello Cutolo; Patrick P. Meyrueis; Thomas P. Pearsall, Editor(s)

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