EFFECTS OF AUTOMOBILE STEERING CHARACTERISTICS ON DRIVER/VEHICLE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE IN DISCRETE MANEUVERS

A series of discrete maneuver tasks were used to evaluate the effects of steering gain and directional mode dynamic parameters on driver/vehicle responses. The importance and ranking of these parameters were evaluated through changes in subjective driver ratings and performance measures obtained from transient maneuvers such as a double lane change, an emergency lane change, and an unexpected obstacle. The unexpected obstacle maneuver proved more sensitive to individual driver differences than to vehicle differences. Results were based on full-scale tests with an experienced test driver evaluating many different dynamic configurations plus seventeen ordinary drivers evaluating six key configurations.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 11th Annual Conference on Manual Control, Moffett Field, California, May 21-23, 1975. Sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Systems Technology, Incorporated

    13766 South Hawthorne Boulevard
    Hawthorne, CA  United States  90250
  • Authors:
    • Klein, R H
    • McRuer, D T
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 14 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00132131
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report No. 172
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-359-3-762
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1977 12:00AM