Back to Nature: An Ambitious European Study is Monitoring Drivers in Six Countries to Gain a More Comprehensive Understanding of Natural Driver Behavior

This article describes UDRIVE, a European naturalistic driving study involving car drivers, truck drivers, and scooter riders in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Drivers will be monitored in vehicles equipped with dataloggers that capture vehicle-based parameters, GPS, and video continuously. Monitors will capture factors including acceleration, lane position, speed, eye movement, traffic density, and road conditions. The study is designed to provide a better understanding of road user behavior, with results in improvements in safety and emissions (fuel consumption). One sidebar briefly considers the data processing operations that are required during a project such as UDRIVE. Another sidebar presents an interview with Helen Viner of the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), who focuses on the infrastructure changes that would be needed to support autonomous cars.


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  • Accession Number: 01602532
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  • Created Date: Jun 22 2016 8:22PM