From June 9 - 23 2021, the WIVW participates in the Motorcyclists Safety Workshop: Riding in a Safe System. Organized by the International Transport Forum (OECD), the digital workshop aims to develop recommendations for action to increase motorcycle safety. Among others, the WIVW will be present in the expert session on "Motorcyclist Safety: Vehicle Safety, Protective Safety and Intelligent Transport Systems" with global road safety representatives.

More information on the event can be found here.

We are proud to announce that the SILAB version 7.0 is available to our customers as of now. The new version contains the following new features:

- The urban environment has been completely redesigned. Now, there are over 150 new buildings, each of which can be shown in 90 colour combinations.

- New road users are also included: streetcars, trailers and agricultural machinery, among others.

- The character set of all texts has been changed to the Unicode (UTF-8) - HMIs, signs and text overlays can now be displayed in most languages of the world.

- Besides the new import function for OpenStreetMap and OpenDrive compatible data, numerous simplifications to the operation of SILABAEdit make it easier than ever to design scenarios.

- A model for the structure of road surfaces has been added to the SCNX database. The model is consistent with the graphical representation of road textures and realistically simulates the effect on heights and friction coefficients.

- The road surface information is used by the new vehicle dynamics DPUDYNCar to enable the realistic simulation of vehicle driving dynamics even in the limit range. All components of the vehicle (tires, chassis, powertrain) are freely configurable and can be adapted to the target vehicle (small car, sedan, van, etc.).

- Custom DPUs can now also be created in Python. Users have full access to information from the database and traffic simulation.

- Optimizations in the visualization SGE allow displaying three full HD views (or 1x 4K) via a single simulator computer.

- And much more...


In cooperation with Prof. Martin Baumann of the University of Ulm, the WIVW has published a study on the effects of sleep on driving behavior and take-over performance in automated driving in the internationally renowned journal Accident Analysis and Prevention:

  • Sleep inertia in automated driving: Post-sleep take-over and driving performance.

The article is available for free for a limited time here.

Today, the Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC) unveiled its Basic Specification containing research results, White Papers, requirements, technical specifications, definitions, test reports, guidelines, recommendations... regarding Powered Two-Wheeler C-ITS. WIVW contributed to human factors related topics such as the HMI Guideline for C-ITS Applications.

The documents of the Basic Specification can be found here.



This year, the WIVW was strongly represented at the 13th International Motorcycle Conference of the Institut für Zweiradsicherheit (ifz). Due to the Corona pandemic, the conference was held digitally:

  • Pleß, R., Will, S., Neukum, A., & Scherer, F. (2020). Investigation of the existence of a leaning threshold among motorcyclists. Proceedings of the 13th International Motorcycle Conference, available online:
  • Sevarin, A., Will, S., Rößer, J., Mikschofsky, N., Menato, L., Hammer T., Schneider, N., & Mark, C. (2020). Assessment of Visual and Haptic HMI Concepts for Hazard Warning of Powered Two-Wheeler Riders. Proceedings of the 13th International Motorcycle Conference, available online:
  • Schwabe, K., Will, S., & Bauer, K. (2020). Motorcycle Motor Skill Level System – Definition of rider skills and training content based on accident data. Proceedings of the 13th International Motorcycle Conference, available online:
  • Will, S., Hammer T., Rothe, N., & Matschl, G. (2020). Development of an Assessment Method for Powered Two-Wheeler Human Machine Interfaces. Proceedings of the 13th International Motorcycle Conference, available online:

All proceedings papers and presentations are freely available online here

The WIVW attends the Driving Simulation Conference Europe VR 2020 with the following presentation:

  • Using a Bicycle Simulator to Examine the Effects of External HMI on Behavior of Vulnerable Interaction Partners of Automated Vehicles

The conference is held from 9th to 11th of September. The conference homepage can be found here.

The WIVW published a new article in the Journal of Applied Ergonomics:

  • Relation between riding pleasure and vehicle dynamics - Results from a motorcycle field test

Within the first 50 days, the article can be downloaded here free of charge.

The WIVW attends the 22rd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2020 (HCII) with the following presentation:

  • A Methodological Approach to Determine the Benefits of External HMI During Interactions Between Cyclists and Automated Vehicles: A Bicycle Simulator Study

The virtual conference is held from 19th to 24rd of July. The conference homepage can be found here.

The WIVW published a study on sleep inertia countermeasures during highly automated driving in the journal Information. The open-access-version entitled

  • Sleep Inertia Countermeasures in Automated Driving: A Concept of Cognitive Stimulation

can be downloaded here for free.

At the 11th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) the WIVW will present the follwoing two works:

  •  How important is the plausibility of test scenarios within usability studies for AV HMI? and
  • Automated driving on the motorway: A users' perspective on conditional versus high automation

The conference will take place on 16 – 21th July. Due to the current pandemic, it is scheduled as a virtual event. All presentations can be accessed live by registered participants or recordings of the presentations can be downloaded afterwards. The link to the conference page can be found here.

A new study by WIVW authors has been published in the international journal Accident Analysis und Prevention. The paper is entitled "Sleep in highly automated driving: Takeover performance after waking up".

In a special issue by the Journal Information entitled "Test and Evaluation Methods for Human-Machine Interfaces of Automated Vehicles", an article authored by scientists from the WIVW GmbH and the Audi AG has been published. The article entitled 

  • Methodological Considerations Concerning Motion Sickness Investigations during Automated Driving

 can be downloaded here.

A current special issue of Safety Science, which deals with the research method of naturalistic driving studies, just published methodological considerations on naturalistic riding studies for Powered Two-Wheelers, authored by the WIVW.

The paper with the title

  • Methodological considerations regarding motorcycle naturalistic riding investigations based on the use of g-g diagrams for rider profile detection

can be accessed here for the next 50days for free.

A current special issue of the open-access journal Information, which deals with the topic of test and evaluation methods for human-machine interfaces of automated vehicles, just published a test procedure developed by the WIVW aiming at the standardization of the usability assessment of external Human-Machine Interfaces for automated vehicles.

The paper with the title

  • Standardized Test Procedure for External Human–Machine Interfaces of Automated Vehicles

can be accessed here.

Successful kick-off of the Emotion project! As part of this project, the WIVW will contribute to zero emission mobility within the next three years. Further information will follow shortly.





This project is supported with funds from the Climate and Energy Fund of the Austrian government and implemented in line with the "Zero Emission Mobility" programme. Further information can be found here:

The recent volume of the journal Traffic Injury Prevention contains an open access published literature review on active safety systems for powered two-wheelers created with WIVW contribution.
The paper titled

  • Active safety systems for powered two-wheelers: A systematic review

can be found here.

The current SILAB version 6.5 is available and contains many improvements to scenery and simulation. Nine new vehicle models are included. Sound barriers, industrial areas and bicycle lanes can now be designed. Within the pedestrian simulation, you can now use emergency personnel (police, fire brigade, rescue service), as well as animations for interactions with other road users. A totally reworked, clearer and more user-friendly version of SILAB-AEdit makes it easier than ever before to create your own scenarios. The improvements are rounded off by supporting the newest VR hardware and additions to developer interfaces. 

If you are already using SILAB, please contact or your personal support contact to find out how you can upgrade your installation.

On November 21st 2019, the WIVW is at the 5th Symposium Driving Simulation in Aachen with the following presentation:

  • Tackling Current Challenges for Driving Simulation and Human Factors Research

Further information on the symposium can be found here.

The WIVW will be present at the "Annual Meeting" of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Europe Chapter, which will be held from October 2nd to 4th in Nantes. A presentation with the following title will be held: 

  • Driving with an L3 - motorway chauffeur: How do drivers use their driving time?

Further information on the conference can be found here

The WIVW will be at the DSC 2019 EuropeVR, which is held in Strasbourg from September 4-6, 2019. You can meet us at booth 25, presenting our driving simulation SILAB® on a small mobile driving simulator. In a conference talk, a comparison of resarch results between a Wizard-of-Oz vehicle and a static driving simulator will be featured. Further information on the conference can be found here