Here are our first set of confirmed speakers for Young Driver Focus 2020 – Technology Matters
Dr. Jessica Hafetz Mirman – Challenges and opportunities intervening with young drivers
This presentation will provide a summary of emerging challenges and opportunities facing young driver researchers and practitioners. These will be contextualized within a discussion of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and ideas about how strengthening scientist-practitioner-citizen partnerships can capitalize on opportunities and overcome challenges, thereby improving young driver safety.
Dr. Jessica Hafetz Mirman has over a decade of experience studying the psychological, sociobehavioural, and developmental determinates of young driver safety and creating and evaluating behavioural interventions. She serves on the US National Academies of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board (TRB) Operator and Educator Committee and the Young Driver Subcommittee.
Shaun Helman – Initial findings from engagement with interventions
This session will present some initial findings from the Driver2020 project. This multi-year pragmatic randomised controlled trial is being run by TRL and partners on behalf of the Department for Transport. It is evaluating the real-world effectiveness of five interventions aimed at making newly-qualified drivers safer. The session will focus on data from interviews with participants in the project who have and have not engaged with the interventions being trialled for learner drivers (logbooks, hazard perception e-learning, and classroom-based education). Themes from these interviews, and wider data on engagement, will be presented.
Shaun is an applied psychologist who has worked in transport for over two decades. He is Chief Scientist for Data, Behaviour and Mobility at TRL. His research covers young and novice driver safety, evaluation, and vulnerable road users, as well as future mobility topics such as automation and shared services.
Mark Magee – Helping young people through a lifetime of safe driving
An update on DVSA’s plans to support young drivers following a refresh of it’s 5 year strategy, helping you stay safe on Britain’s roads
Mark has worked in roads-based policy for almost 30 years in the Department for Transport and DVSA, during which time he has overseen and delivered a number of policy changes aimed at improving the education and testing of young drivers, and raising standards of training.
Leanne Savigar – Mobile phone use by drivers: What does it mean and why do we struggle to tackle it?
Whilst it has been an offence to use a handheld mobile phone while driving since 2003, many technological developments have been observed since. This has complicated an understanding of what is legal or not and what is safe or not. Findings from a mixed-methods research project exploring the use of education in tackling driver phone use will emphasise these issues of legality and safety. Driver concerns surrounding FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and social deceleration that conflict with attempts to tackle mobile phone use by drivers will also be presented.
Leanne is currently working as a research fellow at Keele University exploring fairness within police-public interactions. She has recently worked on the Road Safety Trust funded project Mobile: Engaged, providing academic input into projects focused on tackling mobile phone use by drivers.
Chris Lewis – Influencing Young Drivers in Warwickshire
The session will outline the Warwickshire PCC’s intent to make Warwickshire roads safer and reduce death and serious injury in particular. Chris will give information on the development of the PCC’s road safety grant fund and it’s overall aim at using education to achieve positive behavioural change in Warwickshire road users especially young drivers. Chris will conclude with giving views about the role of PCC’s in road safety and the value of effective partnerships in targeting vulnerable road users.
Chris joined the Warwickshire PCC team in 2014 following a 30 year policing career with Warwickshire Police. In his policing career Chris reached the rank of temp. Superintendent. Chris enjoyed policing leadership roles in relation to investigation, firearms, operations, roads policing, training and area policing. On joining the PCC Chris was given the responsibility for developing road safety initiatives to reduce death and injury on Warwickshire roads.
Professor Gary Burnett – Driver training for future vehicles
Many authors and commentators have noted that new forms of driving as afforded by higher levels of automation within vehicles will necessitate new forms of training and certification. In this respect, there are two fundamental Human Factors research questions, namely 1) What form/level of de-skilling will arise as a result of automation, and 2) What new knowledge/ skills are required to safely interact with future vehicles? This presentation will analyse what could be included in future ‘driver’ training – highlighting results from recent work conducted at the University of Nottingham funded by the RAC Foundation.
Professor Gary Burnett has over 25 years’ experience in Human Factors research and development relating to advanced technology within road-based vehicles. His work addresses key safety, usability and acceptance issues for advanced in-car systems and human-machine interfaces (HMIs). He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and high-profile conferences.