Assessment of Driver Distraction Caused by Social Networking Activities Using the Smartphone: A Driving Simulator Study

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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1212)


The use of the mobile phone is one of the main contributors to driver distraction. Extensive scientific literature has addressed the issue of driver distraction, highlighting the negative effects of mobile phone use (i.e., calling or texting) while driving. Currently, only a few studies have investigated the effects of social networking activities while driving. The aim of this study is to assess the effect on driver performances and road safety of mobile phone use for social networking activities using a driving simulator experiment. The data collected are analyzed and compared between the scenarios in terms of driving performances and surrogate safety measures. In addition, further information are collected using pre-test and post-test questionnaires. Preliminary results demonstrates the negative effects of using the smartphone for social networking activities on driving performance and road safety, exposing drivers to high levels of risk.


Human factors Driver’s behavior Social network Smartphone Driving simulator 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EngineeringRoma Tre UniversityRomeItaly

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