A multimodal dataset for various forms of distracted driving. Academic Article uri icon


  • We describe a multimodal dataset acquired in a controlled experiment on a driving simulator. The set includes data for n=68 volunteers that drove the same highway under four different conditions: No distraction, cognitive distraction, emotional distraction, and sensorimotor distraction. The experiment closed with a special driving session, where all subjects experienced a startle stimulus in the form of unintended acceleration-half of them under a mixed distraction, and the other half in the absence of a distraction. During the experimental drives key response variables and several explanatory variables were continuously recorded. The response variables included speed, acceleration, brake force, steering, and lane position signals, while the explanatory variables included perinasal electrodermal activity (EDA), palm EDA, heart rate, breathing rate, and facial expression signals; biographical and psychometric covariates as well as eye tracking data were also obtained. This dataset enables research into driving behaviors under neatly abstracted distracting stressors, which account for many car crashes. The set can also be used in physiological channel benchmarking and multispectral face recognition.

published proceedings

  • Sci Data

altmetric score

  • 117.766

author list (cited authors)

  • Taamneh, S., Tsiamyrtzis, P., Dcosta, M., Buddharaju, P., Khatri, A., Manser, M., ... Pavlidis, I.

citation count

  • 57

complete list of authors

  • Taamneh, Salah||Tsiamyrtzis, Panagiotis||Dcosta, Malcolm||Buddharaju, Pradeep||Khatri, Ashik||Manser, Michael||Ferris, Thomas||Wunderlich, Robert||Pavlidis, Ioannis

publication date

  • August 2017