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Situation Awareness: a Holistic Approach to the Driver Distraction Problem

June 2011
5 pages
Situation Awareness: a Holistic Approach to the Driver Distraction Problem

There is little doubt that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous, but this practice is only a small part of the problem: 5% of distraction-related accidents resulting in injury, and 18% of these accidents resulting in death. A holistic approach to the problem of driver distraction could be more effective than prohibitions on any one activity, such as cell phone use. Situation Awareness can provide a framework for understanding and reducing driver distraction, whatever its cause.


The Driver Distraction Problem — It's Not Just the Phones — Situation Awareness — The Situation Awareness Model and Types of Driver Distraction— Optimizing Situation Awareness with a Connected and Integrated Cockpit — Benefits of a Situation Aware Vehicle Cockpit [+]

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Andy Gryc

Andy Gryc

Andy Gryc [Grits] has been a software developer and designer for over 20 years, and is currently a senior product marketing manager at QNX.

Prior to joining QNX Software Systems, he worked as the lead embedded software architect for GM OnStar; designed and implemented a speech recognition engine for a speech technology company; and served as a member of the Hewlett-Packard team that created the software for palmtops and the BIOS for the Omnibook notebooks.

As well a contributing regularly to the QNX whitepaper and webinar programs, Andy writes a blog, True Gryc, "about the automotive market, the embedded industry, being an honorary Canadian, and any other stray neuron that happens to fire". He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and, as his blog blurb states, has recently moved to QNX headquarters in Canada.

Scott Pennock

Scott Pennock

Scott Pennock is Senior Hands-Free Standards Specialist at QNX.

Before joining QNX, he was a Lead Acoustic Test Engineer at Apple, a Senior Systems Engineer at OnStar researching speech enhancement technologies, and a Speech Technologies Specialist at Lucent, also working on speech enhancment technologies.

He holds a B.S. in Experimental/Cognitive Psychology from Michigan State University, and an Masters degree in Applied Psychology from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

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