Risk associated with increasing variations in current and future in-vehicle technologies and driver interfaces

Road crashes are the most common form of work-related fatalities, injuries and absence from work in Australia. Though drivers receive their licence on one model of vehicle they often later drive different models with an array of variations in presentation and function of controls. This introduces risk which increases as more controls are added. The aims of this research project are to:

  • Document from current heavy vehicle user manuals the types and breadth of information provided on controls and safety systems; identify system information missing or presented with too much detail; and evaluate if diagrams are explanatory or further complicate the educational purpose of the manual. Identify the literacy level required to read and understand each manual.
  • Highlight areas where driver performance can be improved in terms of learning about and interacting with variations in heavy vehicle controls.

The research will have implications for injury prevention and road safety.

Funding / Grants

  • QUT Strategic Links Pilot Program (2020)