EFFECTS OF AUTOMOBILE STEERING CHARACTERISTICS ON DRIVER VEHICLE SYSTEM DYNAMICS IN REGULATION TASKS
A regulation task which subjected the automobile to a random gust disturbance which is countered by driver control action is used to study the effects of various automobile steering characteristics on the driver/vehicle system. The experiments used a variable stability automobile specially configured to permit insertion of the simulated gust disturbance and the measurement of the driver/vehicle system characteristics. The tests were conducted in two phases: a broad coverage of vehicle dynamics in which over 40 configurations of vehicle steering dynamics and steering gains were tested with an expert test driver; and a validation phase which covered 6 sets of vehicle dynamics with 16 subjects. In both phases driver/vehicle system dynamics were measured and interpreted as an effective open-loop system describing function. Objectives measures of system bandwidth, stability, and time delays were deduced and compared. These objective measures were supplemented by driver ratings. A tentative optimum range of vehicle dynamics for the directional regulation task was established.
- 11th Annual Conference Manual Control, Moffett Field, California, May 21-23, 1975.
Systems Technology, Incorporated13766 South Hawthorne Boulevard
Hawthorne, CA United States 90250
- Mcruer, D
- KLEIN, R
- Publication Date: 1975-5
- Features: Figures; References; Tables;
- Pagination: 32 p.
- TRT Terms: Automated vehicle control; Crosswinds; Driver performance; Drivers; Driving simulators; Personnel performance; Steering; Vehicle dynamics
- Subject Areas: Highways; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00132130
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
- Report/Paper Numbers: Report No. 174
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Nov 9 1977 12:00AM