Naturalistic Observations of Drivers' Hand Positions While Driving With and Without Adaptive Cruise Control

Researchers use various measurements (e.g., travelling speed, headway to the vehicle in front) to assess the impact that new traffic/transport measures (e.g., changes to road design, introduction of in-vehicle technologies) might have on road safety and on drivers’ behaviour. In the recent years, the measurement of hand position on the steering wheel was proved to be interesting for the assessment of mental workload and perceived risk, with the clear advantage that the hand position can be easily measured both in a driving simulator and naturalistic driving studies. In order to find out more on the topic, a small scale Field Operational Test (FOT), involving 8 participants, was performed to assess the effect that the usage of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) might have on the chosen drivers’ hand position. Video clips of the first 5 participants, using the vehicle in low demanding driving conditions, with and without the ACC, were selected to allow the comparison between the two experimental conditions. As a preliminary result, driving with ACC was not associated with a lower control on the steering wheel. Further research is suggested on the topic.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 601-607
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of First International Conference on Traffic and Transport Engineering (ICTTE)

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  • Accession Number: 01598444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9788691615307
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2016 1:56AM