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The use of a driving simulator for testing a driver support system in critical situations

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Author: Winsum, W. van · Martens, M.
Source:Proceedings of the International congress on the use of simulators. Training and risk prevention applications. Worksession 1: Simulation applied to risk prevention León, Spain.
Identifier: 12081
Article number: S1.2.doc
Keywords: Traffic · traffic · driving simulator · driver support system · driver behaviour · workload


In a driving simulator the effects of a prototype driver support system were tested on workload and driver behaviour. For these pu{poses, a number of critical incidents that were too dangerous to test on the road were simulated on a motorway. It was found that the critical incidents resulted in increased workload. Because of this, the workload induced by the support system must be as low as possible. Tactile warnings are preferred in unexpected critical situations. It was found that the support system has a positive effect on driver safety since it reduced the accident frequency.