A method to investigate drivers' acceptance of Blind Spot Detection System®

Giulio Francesco Piccinini*, Anabela Simões, Carlos Manuel Rodrigues, Miguel Leitão

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Lately, with the goal of improving road safety, car makers developed and commercialised some Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which, through the detection of blind spot areas on the vehicle's sides, could help the drivers during the overtaking and the change lane task. Despite the possible benefits to reduce lateral crashes, the overall impact on road safety of such systems have not been deeply studied yet; notably, despite some researches have been carried out, there is a lack of studies regarding the long-term usage and drivers' acceptance of those systems. In order to fill the research gap, a methodology, based on the combination of focus groups interviews, questionnaires and a small-scale field operational test (FOT), has been designed in this study; such a methodology aims at evaluating drivers' acceptance of Blind Spot Information System® and at proposing some ideas to improve the usability and user-friendliness of this (or similar) device in their future development.

Original languageEnglish
Issue numberSUPPL.1
Pages (from-to)4213-4217
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • acceptance
  • ADAS
  • BLIS
  • lane change
  • Traffic safety
  • Human Factors


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