International Journal of Automotive Technology

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 935–940 | Cite as

Detection of Cognitive and Visual Distraction Using Radial Basis Probabilistic Neural Networks

  • Joonwoo Son
  • Myoungouk Park


This paper suggests a real-time method for detecting a driver’s cognitive and visual distraction using lateral driving performance measures. The algorithm adopts radial basis probabilistic neural networks (RBPNNs) to construct classification models. In this study, combinations of two driving performance data measures, including the standard deviation of lane position (SDLP) and steering wheel reversal rate (SRR), were considered as measures of distraction. Data for training and testing the RBPNN models were collected under simulated conditions in which fifteen participants drove on a highway. While driving, they were asked to complete auditory recall tasks or arrow search tasks to create cognitively or visually distracted driving periods. As a result, the best performing model could detect distraction with an average accuracy of 78.0 %, which is a relatively high accuracy in the human factors domain. The results demonstrated that the RBPNN model using SDLP and SRR could be an effective distraction detector with easy-to-obtain and inexpensive inputs.

Key words

Distraction Driving performance Cognitive distraction Visual distraction Neural networks 


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© The Korean Society of Automotive Engineers and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HumanLabDGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology)DaeguKorea
  2. 2.AutoDriveSonnet Co., Ltd.SeoulKorea

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