Method for measuring a driver’s steering efficiency using electromyography

This paper is concerned with developing a new method for measuring a driver’s steering efficiency during a steering manoeuvre, for investigating the driver’s steering performance and for evaluating the steering comfort. Electromyography was successfully used to measure the driver’s muscle activity and to reveal the function of the driver’s key muscles in the steering manoeuvre. A measurement of the driver’s steering efficiency during a dynamic steering manoeuvre with two hands is presented on the basis of a regression analysis of the electromyography and steering-force data. The proposed measurement procedure consists of two parts. First, a multiple-regression analysis of the steering-force and electromyography data is conducted, and the steering forces in the steering wheel plane are predicted using the electromyography data of the key muscles producing the steering torque. Second, by predicting the steering force, the force capacity of the driver in the steering manoeuvre is estimated, and then the steering efficiency of the driver is measured. The steering efficiency of the driver, which characterizes the inefficiency, is thought to be a significant movement control strategy employed by driver, and its application in investigating the driver’s steering strategy is the subject of further study.


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  • Accession Number: 01537947
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 11:56AM