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Development of a Device Suitable for Naturalistic Studies of Passing Distances between Cyclists and Vehicles

Mackenzie, J., Thompson, J., Dutschke, J.

Cyclists and Passing Distances

ARSC conference 2017

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research has designed a device intended for use in naturalistic studies of passing distances between cyclists and vehicles. Ten of these devices were built and deployed in a trial to evaluate their effectiveness. This paper describes the device and its data collecting capabilities along with its performance during the trial. Performance was based on analysing objective data collected from the device and survey responses from the participants. Potential improvements to the design of the device are suggested. Examples of the collected data give an indication of the analyses that are possible in a larger study.