Public transport sector driver behaviour : measuring recklessness using speed and acceleration

Zeeman, Adriaan Siebrits ; Booysen, Marthinus J. (2014-07)

Conferende theme: Leading transport into the future

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Zeeman, A. S. & Booysen, M. J. 2014. Public transport sector driver behaviour: Measuring recklessness using speed and acceleration paper delivered at the 33rd annual Southern African Transport Conference, CSIR International Convention Centre Pretoria, South Africa on 7 - 10 July 2014.

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The informal transport industry in Sub-Saharan Africa is notoriously dangerous, leading to many fatalities annually. This paper presents an innovative way of monitoring driver behaviour, in real-time, by taking into account road design standards and vehicle dynamics. A theoretical model is presented that combines acceleration and speed data into an erratic driving detection algorithm. The model presents a novel use of commonly used civil engineering principles, used in road design. Evaluation of the models, using actual minibus taxi data, demonstrates that it successfully detect reckless driving. An online platform is presented to visualise the tracked vehicle and the driving behaviour.

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