The purpose of this article is to analyse the road context as it is perceived visually by the driver and how this influences the journey. A vehicle was specially equipped with a set of TV cameras for the aim of this study. The cameras were arranged in such a way as to record driving activity and the road context during a drive along a road situated in Messina (Italy), on which a high level of accidents occur. The filmed recordings, the subsequent extraction of images and their classification in accordance with the driver’s posture and, lastly, the processing using Image Analysis techniques, enable a driver’s visual load to be quantified. This rating parameter is called the Visual Load Index (VLI).
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