More than the Useful Field: Considering peripheral vision in driving

Wolfe, B., Dobres, J., Rosenholtz, R., Reimer, B.


Abstract

Applied research on driving and basic vision research have held similar views on central, fovea-based vision as the core of visual perception. In applied work, the concept of the Useful Field, as determined by the Useful Field of View (UFOV) test, divides vision between a “useful” region towards the center of the visual field, and the rest of the visual field. While compelling, this dichotomization is at odds with findings in vision science which demonstrate the capabilities of peripheral vision. In this paper, we examine driving research from this new perspective, and argue for the need for an updated understanding of how drivers acquire information about their operating environment using peripheral vision. The concept of the Useful Field and the UFOV test are not discarded; instead we discuss their strengths, limitations, and future directions. We discuss key findings from vision science on peripheral vision, and a theory that provides insights into its capabilities and limitations. This more complete basic science understanding of peripheral vision informs appropriate use of the UFOV and the Useful Field in driving research going forward.

Information

title:
More than the Useful Field: Considering peripheral vision in driving
author:
Wolfe,
B.,
Dobres,
J.,
Rosenholtz,
R.,
Reimer
citation:
Journal of Vision, November 2017, 316–325
shortcite:
Applied Ergonomics
year:
2017
created:
2017-07-31
summary:
ufov17
keyword:
wolfe,
rosenholtz,
driving
pdf:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003687017301631
type:
publication
 
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