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What are the challenges, and more importantly, the solutions when designing a motorcycle riding simulator for human-in-the-loop testing? It was a great pleasure for WIVW to participate in the ZERO PROTOTYPES Summit to share WIVW’s experience from the last decade and to discuss it with experts from around the world.

The latest version of our simulation software SILAB 7.2 contains many new features that further optimise usability and fields of application in research and development:

  • Changes in the user interface of SILAB, SILABAEdit and SILABPreview
  • Expansion and customisation of the available data processing units (DPUs)
  • Numerous new road users have been integrated: Over 20 new vehicles, new bicycle types and a train. In addition, a large number of graphic objects are available for decorating scenarios: elements for construction sites, industrial areas, railway stations, weekly markets, sports grounds and swimming pools
  • New models for speed traps have been created and can be triggered by the driver
  • More intuitive navigation thanks to the availability of a grid and display of the camera's reference position in SGEObjectPrev which can now open models via drag & drop
  • In the event of rain, raindrops can be displayed on the windscreen and wiped away by the variably activatable windscreen wiper
  • A new sound simulation of an electric vehicle has been integrated
  • The revised demo track contains many of the new elements and invites you to take a test drive!

For more detailed explanations of the new functionalities and the field of application of SILAB, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Last Saturday we presented our institute #WIVW as well as the European project Hi-Drive at the #Landesverkehrssicherheitstag (Traffic safety day of Bavaria). We were present with an exhibition stand and as part of the stage programme with a short interview about automated driving and the
Hi-Drive project.

At the #Landesverkehrssicherheitstag, 61 exhibitors, including the police, fire brigade and ambulance service, provided an informative and entertaining contribution to road safety with information stands, attractions and performances in Würzburg city centre. Under the motto "Traffic moves - Together.Mobile.Safe", the event was aimed at all citizens and road users. From the youngest to the oldest, from pedestrians to cyclists and motorised road users.

After three and a half years, the project RUMBA is coming to a close soon. It’s time for our partners and us to present the extensive results of our research and development on future interior concepts and new driving experiences for upcoming vehicle automation.

Join us for the final event on 24th of April 2024 at the Bosch research campus in Renningen and experience interactive presentations as well as live demos on the test track and in VR!

WIVW will present new insights into the mitigation of motion sickness and the fascinating implications of sleeping during automated driving.

For further information about the event, including the registration form and details about the project itself, visit the project page: https://projekt-rumba.de/

The project was funded by the German Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action) and the team consists of @Audi Deutschland, @MAN Truck & Bus SE, @Bosch, @CanControls, @OHP Group, @Spiegel Institut, @Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, @Institut für Konstruktionstechnik und Technisches Design (IKTD) - Universität Stuttgart, @Studiokurbos and @CARIAD

At the end of February, the SESPIN project had its final presentation, followed by an expert workshop. The final recommendations for the safe and efficient integration of S-pedelec riders were discussed with experts from all D-A-CH countries.

The contribution of WIVW to the project was the structured behavioural observation of S-pedelec riders in the bicycle simulator. Thus, the bicycle simulator was adapted to S-pedelec-specific aspects. Furthermore, different cycling facilities as well as conflict situations with other road users were implemented. Riding behaviour was evaluated on the basis of average speeds, passing distances and other safety-relevant parameters.

Background: The goal of the SESPIN project is to develop transnational, scientifically validated infrastructural and techno-social solutions for the efficient and safe integration of S-pedelec riders into the general transport system. Particular attention is paid to the interaction with other road users. The aim is to generate recommendations for action that are accepted not only by S-pedelec riders, but also by all road users, and that lead to increased road safety for everyone.

Further information: https://www.s-pedelec.net/

Join us online for the final event of the project INITIATIVE with interesting results on the interaction between automated vehicles and other road users!

The final event of INITIATIVE (INtellIgenTe Mensch-Technik KommunIkATIon im gemischten Verkehr) will take place on the 13th of March 2024 in Lippstadt. As a project partner, the WIVW will present the project results of the last three years of research and development.

The overall goal of the INITIATIVE project was to realize AI-supported intelligent interaction between highly automated vehicles and other road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. Interaction in this context means the situation-based detection of behavior patterns, the recognition of intentions and, based on this, decision-making and coordinated communication between the road users involved.

The project team consists of FORVIA HELLA, WIVW, Fraunhofer IOSB, KIT (LTI & IRS), Universität des Saarlandes (Institute of Legal Informatics), ELECTRIC-SPECIAL, and version1. The project was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

The introduction to the project and the presentation of the sub-projects can be followed online in the morning. The live demonstration and the other stations of the project partners will take place in person in the afternoon.

Further information about the event, including the registration form and the funding project itself, can be found on the project page: initiative-projekt.de.

 

After four years, the EMotion project has come to a successful end.

During this time, WIVW and eleven partners from Austria (e.g., KTM Technologies, KISKA, AiT, SalzburgResearch) have developed two innovative electric scooters with intuitive HMIs. This project was supported with funds from the Climate and Energy Fund and implemented in line with the "Zero Emission Mobility" programme. The funding was coordinated by the Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG).

The main contribution of WIVW was the analysis of user needs through a large survey study, the realization of two simulator studies, the conduction of focus groups, and the evaluation of data in the 8-month field test. The final event took place on February 27 at KISKA in Anif, Austria.

You can find more information about the project here: https://www.emotion-project.at/

 

Taking a nap during an automated ride - sounds like a future dream and promises drivers relief from feeling sleepy. However, benefits of sleeping may be opposed by sleep inertia - the post-sleep grogginess. Beneficial and detrimental effects of sleeping behind the steering wheel may depend on several factors. As part of the project #RUMBA, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, WIVW investigated the role of the time of day and individual predispositions like the chronotype on driving under sleep inertia.

The study is now published in Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior and is freely available for 50 days at Sciencedirect: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1ibK%7E_V9P1IseO

At the beginning of February 2024 an expert workshop was held at WIVW GmbH on behalf of the “Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen” (Federal Highway Research Institute, BASt). The aim was to discuss the minimum requirements to be met by future tele operators. Three working groups discussed the topics of previous experience and suitability, different stages of training, as well as inspection and monitoring.

Background: In teledriving, information on the vehicle's condition and surroundings, e.g., sensor data and video streams, is transmitted from the vehicle to a remote-control center. There, the data is made available to a person who controls the vehicle remotely.

Many thanks to all the experts from Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen, Deutsche Bahn, Fernride, FTM Institute of Automotive Technology TUM, FSD - Zentrale Stelle, TÜV | DEKRA arge tp 21, Dresden, Valeo and Vay for their participation and valuable contributions!

Are you a “good” motorcycle rider? Is there a way to self-assess your competences in motorcycle riding? These questions raise controversial discussions from scientific conferences to pub crawls. Thank you ACEM. European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers for hosting us for two days of intense discussions on that topic among FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme), KNMV, Sveriges MotorCyklister, VSV, Institut für Zweiradsicherheit, KTM Ridersacademy and Würzburger Institut für Verkehrswissenschaften GmbH (WIVW) bringing in the scientific point of view!

Since the summer of 2023, recruits of the Swiss Army have been sharpening their driving skills on driving simulators powered by SILAB®.

WIVW is very proud to be the partner of choice for the Swiss Army, when it comes to driving simulation, as the Army already has extensive experience in training its lorry learner drivers on driving simulators and has a clear vision of what to expect from a heavy-duty software solution.

By June 2024, a total of five Armasuisse sites will be equipped with five simulators each to offer the best possible learning conditions for lorry learner drivers. SILAB DET Truck offers a wide range of exercises with increasing levels of difficulty: From getting to know the vehicle on a training yard, intensive maneuvering trainings to longer drives through traffic on city roads, motorways, and rural roads.

Simulator-based training allows specific driving tasks to be practiced in a safe and controlled environment without endangering others, all while reducing wear, fuel consumption and CO2 emission.

WIVW´s time-tested software solution SILAB® came out on top in the tendering process thanks to its flexible curriculum design and intuitive usability for trainers and students. SILAB DET Truck allows students to work independently and at their own pace on the simulator to focus on their personal areas of interest and thus achieve their training goals quickly and efficiently.

Visit: neue-simulatoren-fuer-die-fahrausbildung.html

WIVW is proud to announce that yet another driving simulator has successfully been installed and put into operation in Vienna, AT. Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Vienna is part of the German NGO Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, which provides diversified social services, emergency relief, and healthcare support on both, national and international level.

The driving simulator allows emergency response drivers to train and improve their driving skills in a safe and controlled environment without endangering vehicle, crew or other road users. The training focusses on encouraging a safe and anticipatory driving style, raising awareness to anticipating the behaviour of other road users and react safely and proficient in critical situations.

Arriving at the scene of an emergency not only as fast as possible but safe is key – and may make the difference in saving a life.

Visit: https://wien.orf.at/stories/3242020/

Electrification in the transport domain is one of the most relevant issues and it is also under investigation and development in the Powered Two-Wheeler sector. Recently, the Austrian Motorrad Magazin (https://www.motorrad-magazin.at/) published an article on the project EMotion which addresses this topic (#FFG #klimafonds). With eleven partners from Austria (e.g., #KTM, #KISKA, #AiT, #SalzburgResearch), two innovative electric scooters have been developed. #WIVW’s contribution was primarily on the analysis of user needs and the development and evaluation of an eco-coaching system that assists riders in using the energy efficiently.

You can get a good impression on what has been achieved here: https://youtu.be/dTvBU2g8-gM

As part of the BayernLab Online lecture series, Dr. Nadja Schömig gave a lecture on 23.11. 2023 entitled "Automated driving from the driver's perspective". The lecture is now available online on YouTube. You can find the link here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWc_O6doDdI

At the "Würtual Reality 2023" from April 11th to 13th, the WIVW presented the topic

  • Analysis of pedestrian gestures in a virtual environment

The focus of the conference was research in the field of mixed reality in psychological, medical and application-oriented research. The aim was to connect researchers who work with Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (XR). The focus of the lecture was on the identification of pedestrian gestures using a VR environment, which can be used for future communication with automated vehicles. Further information about the conference can be found here.

EU regulation requires all new vehicles to be equipped with Driver Drowsiness and Attention Warning (DDAW). Together with Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center, WIVW designed a test procedure for the type approval of DDAW systems including drowsy participants in real traffic while ensuring the safety of everyone involved. You can get early access to our practitioner paper here.

The aim of the project FE 82.0710/2018 “Corner Fear”, which was carried out by the Department of Automotive Engineering (FZD) of the Technical University of Darmstadt (TU­DA), the Würzburg Institute of Transportation Sciences GmbH (WIVW) and Auto Mobil Forschung Dresden GmbH (AMFD), was to analyse the leaning positions of motorcyclists in everyday life and in dangerous situations for a variety of riders. The existence of a so-called lean angle threshold could be confirmed. Future work should focus on how these results can be transferred in increased motorcycle rider safety. The full report can be downloaded free of charge here.

The WIVW GmbH places great value on the confidentiality, availability and integrity of information.

In addition to the ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 standards, we follow the question catalogue of information security of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA ISA)

The TISAX® assessment was therefore carried out in December 2022 at the WIVW GmbH.

As TISAX® and TISAX® results are not intended for the general public, the result is exclusively available via the ENX portal: https://portal.enx.com/en-US/TISAX/tisaxassessmentresults/ (Scope-ID: SY8Z95, Assessment-ID: A3W1VW, Participant: WIVW GmbH (PC63XV))

The ENX Association supports with TISAX® (Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange) on behalf of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) the common acceptance of Information Security Assessments. The TISAX® Assessments are conducted by accredited audit providers that demonstrate their qualification at regular intervals.

The WIVW presents four papers at the "8th International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention", which takes place from 19th to 20th October 2022 in Gothenburg:

  • Investigating different driver-in-the-loop strategies on driver’s eye glances and intervention behavior in partial automated driving (Level 2)
  • “I’m Sad When You’re Distracted” – Effectiveness and User Experience of an Innovative Driver Monitoring System for Partial Automated Driving (Level 2)
  • What leads drivers to illicitly nap during conditionally automated driving? (Level 3)
  • Who benefits from napping in automated driving? – Effects of chronotype on subjective sleep inertia. (Level 4)

More information on the conference can be found here.

The BASt (the German Federal Highway Research Institute) has published a WIVW report on automatic emergency braking systems for motorbikes, which can be downloaded here free and is available with an English abstract:

The aim of the project “Autonomous emergency braking for motorcycles” was to determine the limits of the applicability of such systems. Besides the physical limits, it is also necessary to consider the limits determined by the rider capabilities. The rider is an integral part of the unstable rider-vehicle-system and needs to be able to control the intervention of an emergency braking system as otherwise destabilization or even a fall can occur. [...]

Studies were conducted, showing that with suitable autonomous braking interventions, the initial speed can almost be reduced to half before the rider even starts to apply the brakes. Simulator experiments showed that warning elements can have a positive influence on the rider reaction.