Driver’s Behavioural Reactions to Unexpected Events. Influence of Workload, Environment and Driver Characteristics

This paper will discuss driving behavior and the many subtasks that are relevant when driving at urban interactions. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can support the driver in this complex task. For a well-guided development and evaluation process of ADAS, insight into how different driving tasks influence each other is needed. Earlier research has shown that the interaction between different subtasks is changed by unexpected events. A driving simulator experiment was conducted to determine how gender, workload and event urgency influence this. Participants’ reactions to two unexpected events were measured. Participants temporarily changed their driving behavior in reaction to the event. Urgency of the event increased this effect; workload changed the length of adjustments to the participants with high workload drove smoother, unless urgency of the unexpected event reached a threshold. No influence of gender was found.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 213-232
  • Monograph Title: TRAIL in Perspective. Proceedings 2008, 10th International TRAIL Congress

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  • Accession Number: 01140622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789055841127
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 21 2009 9:38PM