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.

The WIVW is represented at the 14th International Motorcycle Conference, which takes place from 3rd to 4th October in the context of INTERMOT in Cologne with two contributions :

  • Motorcycle Rider Reaction Times as Response to Visual Warning
  • Safety Potential of Data Glasses for Motorcyclists

More information about the conference can be found here.


The WIVW published a new article in Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour:

  • 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.

After several years of research and development, the IMAGinE project consortium (Intelligent Maneuver Automation – cooperative hazard avoidance in realtime) will present its results during a virtual final presentation on 12 May 2022.

Interested professional audience is also cordially invited to this event. Further information will follow shortly on

Since February 2022, WIVW is member of the scientific steering committee of the Institute for Motorcycle Safety (ifz), thereby supporting the biannual International Motorcycle Conference.

Additional information can be found here.

While driving simulators are a commonly used tool for a wide range of safety-relevant research topics in the passenger car sector, motorcycle riding simulators are currently less prevalent. In order to get an overview of possible applications of motorcycle simulators, a validation methodology for driving simulators was developed within the scope of the research project "Possible applications of motorcycle simulators" (BASt FE 82.0700/2018) in cooperation with FZD of the TU Darmstadt, which was tested on the static motorcycle simulator of the WIVW and the dynamic DESMORI motorcycle simulator of the WIVW.

The methodology makes the assumption that use-case-specific driving tasks of simulators can be broken down into smaller components, so-called minimum scenarios, and conversely, complex driving tasks can be reconstructed from minimum scenarios. Therefore, the two simulators were compared to two test motorcycles within two studies. In a first step, the minimum scenarios were investigated regarding parameters of riding dynamics, rider behavior, and rider workload. The second study investigated more complex, use-case-specific riding tasks under examination of the aforementioned parameters. The studies showed comparable simulator characteristics between the investigation of the minimum scenarios and the complex use-case-scenarios. Thus, the applicability of the developed method can be assumed, whereby the potential applications for a wide range of research questions can be assessed for the respective simulator.

The full report can be downloaded free of charge 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.

From October 18-20 2021, WIVW joins the 7th Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention and presents the following topic:

  • Sleep in Automated Driving – The Perception of Sleep Inertia after Take Over

The conference is held online this year; further information can be found here.

After four years of intense efforts, final results from the EU project L3 Pilot will be presented at the ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg on the 13th and 14th October. Besides on-road demonstration of automated driving functions on open roads in Hamburg, results will be presented. The WIVW will contribute four presentations:

  • Technical and Traffic Evaluation Results (motorway)
  • Technical & User Evaluation Results (parking ADF)
  • Driving simulator study on long-term effects on user acceptance and behavioural adaptation to ADF

Further information on the congress can be found here.

From September 14-17 2021, WIVW joins the DSC 2021 Europe VR and presents the following topic: Assessment of Human Machine Interfaces for Hazard Warning of Powered Two-Wheeler Riders.

More information on the event can be found here.

In the EU-funded L3Pilot project, WIVW has published a study on mobility impacts of highly automated driving in cooperation with VTT Technical Research Center of Finland in the peer-reviewed Transportation (Springer) journal. The publication with the title

  • Travel experience matters: Expected personal mobility impacts after simulated L3/L4 automated driving

is available here

As a result of the works of the WIVW within the project EMotion, a peer-reviewed open access paper was published. The work entitled

  • Towards the Future of Sustainable Mobility: Results from a European Survey on (Electric) Powered-Two Wheelers

is available in the  special issue "Perspectives on the Role of Powered Two-Wheelers in Future Road Transport" of the journal Sustainability and is available here for free.

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.