David Crundall, Professor of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University

David Crundall is a Professor of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Traffic and Transport Psychology. He gained his PhD in 1999 investigating eye movements in novice drivers and has since published over 100 academic papers and book chapters in the field.

He has conducted research on a wide range of driving-safety topics, working with the Department for Transport, the DVSA, EPSRC, ESRC, the Road Safety Trust, The RAC Foundation, and many corporate customers.  One of his current projects is investigating the value of hazard perception training within a 360-degree VR environment.

He is a member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety (Road User Working Group), the International Association of Applied Psychologists, and Transport Psychology International.

Presentation: Making hazard perception testing more realistic
The 360 degree display available in VR headsets offers a potentially more realistic and appealing way of training and testing hazard perception skills. We have created a 360 hazard test and will report on users’ experiences, including the all-important question of simulator sickness.

Does hazard perception testing work in 360, and is it more effective than just watching hazard clips on a computer monitor? Given the rush for professional training companies to adopt VR tools, these important questions need to be addressed.