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Visual Clutter in The Driving Scene - A Novel Objective Measurement Approach

Cunningham, M, Regan, M

Road Environment and Driver Behaviour

ARSC conference 2017

This manuscript outlines a framework for objectively measuring the level of visual clutter along a defined driving route. Based on results of this assessment framework, practitioners can make informed recommendations to improve relatively high visual and sign clutter while maintaining an appropriate level of road user information and navigation guidance. Using this framework in this way will make a innovative contribution to road safety research in terms of (a) allowing us to identify road environments of high clutter and, in turn, (b) helping us assess how we can mitigate potential degradation in driving performance and safety deriving from clutter.