The expansion in superhighways and, completion of highway networks in recent years have brought about an increase in the occasion for long, monotonous drives and, with it, a greater danger of accident due to drive fatigue. Progress has been made in automobile safety technology through advances in body construction and material technology of all kinds, as well as electronics technology. Yet, no matter how safe the automobile, if the driver cannot drive safely, not only is safe travel out of reach, the possibility of an accident occurring is always present. A great many proposed devices have been studied for checking the physical and mental condition of the driver through some means or other and sounding an alarm or initiating evasive action when an abnormality is detected. However, reaching a stage of practical use has proven very difficult. The new "Safe Driving Advisor" described herein, developed to achieve greater levels of safety, is a system that indirectly "infers" the driver's condition from parameters such as elapsed driving time and steering pattern and brings his attention to the need to rest.

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 487-502

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399905
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ISATA 84028, HS-038 446
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1985 12:00AM