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Driving and gaze behavior while texting when the smartphone is placed in a mount: A simulator study

SWOV researcher Doumen, van der Kint and Vlakveld coauthored the article 'Driving and gaze behavior while texting when the smartphone is placed in a mount: A simulator study' in the magazine Transportation Research.

The aim of this study was to investigate how texting when the smartphone in a mount next to the wheel, negatively affects safe driving behavior and gaze behavior. In most countries hand-held phone use while driving is prohibited. However, when texting is not explicitly forbidden and only hand-held use is not allowed, drivers can still legally operate their smartphone with their fingers when it is placed in a mount which is attached to the dashboard or the windscreen. The effects on driving and gaze behavior of ‘dashboard-mount’ texting have hardly been investigated.

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