On May 12th 2016 the WIVW presents the following talk at the Bayern Innovativ Cooperation Forum Advanced Driver Assistance Systems:

  • Neue Technologien und Herausforderungen - Fahrerassitenzsysteme für zweirädrige Anwendung

More information on the cooperation forum can be found here.

The WIVW held a presentation at the 2016 VI-Grade Users Conference entitled

  • Bringing Motorcylcle Dynamics to the Rider - Technical Solutions and their Contribution to Speed Perception in a Motorcycle Riding Simulator

Furter information on the conference can be found here

Safe2Wheelers COST Action aims at improving PTW safety with a holistic and integrated approach by acquiring, unifying and coordinating PTW safety research and ensuring broad dissemination towards PTW users, industry and public authorities.
Therefore, the idea is In order to bring together international experts working in the field of motorcycle safety for a mutual knowledge exchange, Safe2Wheelers will organize a workshop focusing on Accidentology and Simulators. An overview of best practices and results from PTW accident investigations and different existing motorcycle simulators shall be given and different technical solutions as well as potential use cases will be discussed. The workshop is open to industry and other researchers outside the COST Action network so that the dissemination of latest scientific findings is ensured.

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The workshop will start with a plenary session bringing Working Group 1 (PTW Accidentology) and Working Group 2 (Motorcycle Simulators) participants together. Afterwards the two focus groups will split up in separated sessions. A bus transfer to visit the motorcycle simulators at WIVW will be arranged for WG2 participants. A draft agenda for the workshop can be found here.
More information about Safe2Wheelers can be found in:

On March 10th 2016, the WIVW presented a talk at the Traffic Environment, Primary and Secondary Safety Workshop (COST Action) entitled:

  • Investigating the potential of a V2X based intersection support using the Motorcycle-Car Multi-Driver Simulation

Further information on the workshop can be found here.

The current issue of the international journal "Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour" contains a publication by the WIVW. In a simulator study, a controllability assessment of a partially automated driving function was conducted:

  • Secondary task engagement and vehicle automation – Comparing the effects of different automation levels in an on-road experiment (free download)

The 1st workshop on the use and further development of the scenario package "Driver Fitness and Ability" took place at the WIVW on 21st of October 2015.

The scenario package DFA and the software module "Standardized Application for Fitness to Drive Evaluations" (S.A.F.E.) are helpful tools for the integrated and fair assessment of driving performance. All participants of the workshop presented their studies in which the DFA scenario package has recently been used. In particular, the alcohol calibration study, which had been conducted in the static BASt driving simulator and has recently been published in the report M 263 "Effects of alcohol on driving a representative test course in the BASt driving simulator". The study was carried out in an analogous manner to the alcohol calibration study of the WIVW, which had been conducted in the dynamic driving simulator of the WIVW. With regard to the assessment of driving ability, the results show a high comparability of the two simulator development stages.

The current issue of the international journal "Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour" contains a publication by the WIVW. In a simulator study, a controllability assessment of a partially automated driving function was conducted:

  • Controllability of Partially Automated Driving functions – Does it matter whether drivers are allowed to take their hands off the steering wheel? (free download)


WIVW researchers recently published the following article in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention 83(2015):

  • Car Gestures - Advisory warning using additional steering wheel angles

The article presents and evaluates an advisory warning system based on additional steering wheel angles. The driving simulator study with N=24 subjects compared the innovative concept of Car Gestures with an established warning concept using the head-up display and a baseline drive without any assistance to the driver. Besides driver acceptance objective driving parameters were studied and the controllability of gestures in the wrong direction measured. The research was financed by Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH.

The paper is available here.


The WIVW presents the following talk at the MUC 2015 (Workshop Automotive HMI), wich is held from 06th to 09th November 2015 in Stuttgart:

  • Determining maximum velocity for automated driving functions.

Further information can be found at the here.

The WIVW presents three talks at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Europe Chapter Meeting, wich is held from 14th to 16th October 2015 in Groningen:

  • Controllability of Partial Vehicle Automation at Lateral Guidance Boundaries
  • Perceived criticality of different time headways: are they really independent of velocity?
  • Approaching hazard to your right!' - What happens if it really comes from left?

Further information can be found at the conference homepage.

The following study was published in the current issue of IET Intelligent Transport Systems:

  • Powered two wheelers’ workload assessment with various methods using a motorcycle simulator

The paper gives an overview on three experimental studies: First, the sensitivity of different workload parameters was investigated. These parameters were used in a second study, which dealt with the effects of various secondary tasks on workload. In a third study, the effects of eyes-off-road gazes while motorcycling were investigated using an occlusion technique. The studies were carried out in cooperation with the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt).

The paper is available here.


An alcohol calibration study of the WIVW is published in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. The study aims at the standardized assessment of driving fitness under the influence of psychoactive medicines:

  • Driving performance under alcohol in simulated driving tasks representative: an alcohol calibration study for impairments related to medicinal drugs (free download)

The study validated an experimental arrangement in the driving simulation that allows a holistic assessment of driving fitness in accordance with real traffic driving tests. The data helps to assess the clinical relevance of impairments of medication in an efficient way and can support producers in optimizing their package inserts and prescribing information.

In 2012, the study was awarded 2nd place with the Road Safety Award of the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and in 2013 with the Best Poster Award at the Congress of the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM).

More information on "Clinical trials WIVW" can be found here.

The WIVW is presenting two conference papers at this year's International Conference on Applied Human Factors (AHFE) 2015 from 26.07.-30.07.2015 in Las Vegas:

  • Drivers' monitoring behaviour and interaction with non-driving related tasks during driving with different automation levels
  • The interaction between highly automated driving and the development of drowsiness

Further information can be found on the conference homepage.

The WIVW will attend the VI-Grade Users Conference 2015 (15th-16th April in Trieste, Italy) with the following conference talk:

  • Human Factors research at the Wuerzburg Institute for Traffic Sciences (WIVW) using SILAB scenario control.

The conference site can be found here.

Within the research initiative DESMORI, new virtual reality display technologies are being developed for driving simulators. By employing a blue screen chroma key technology, real vehicle and motorcycle mock ups can be integrated into the virtual SILAB environment. At the moment, the new technology is put to a test with our motorcycle simulation.

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The WIVW is presenting a paper at the 10th International Motorcycle Conference in Cologne (29.09 - 30.09.2014):

  • Motorcycle-car multi-driver simulation - a new methodological approach towards Powered Two Wheeler safety

Find the conference webpage here.

The WIVW is presenting the following paper at the "ELIV - Electronic in Vehicles 2014" (VDI-Tagung "Baden-Baden Spezial 2014", 23./24. September 2014):

  • Neukum, A. (2014). Kontrollierbarkeit bei fehlerhaften Eingriffen in Quer- und Längsdynamik: Bewertungskriterien und methodische Aspekte

The homepage of the event can be found here.

The WIVW is presenting a paper at the Driving Simulation Conference 2014 in Paris (04. – 05. September 2014):

  • Real vs. simulated surrounding traffic – Does it matter?

The conference webpage can be found here.

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The new Oculus expansion pack allows the use of OculusVR head-mounted displays. The integrated sensors for position detection allow the test driver to look around freely in all directions. The VR goggles are thus particularly suitable for simulators where the view is not restricted by a mockup, such as motorcycle and pedestrian simulators. The graphical output of SILAB has been modified to fit the optical parameters of the goggles in stereo 3D to deepen the sense of VR immersion.

Note: The expansion pack Oculus is available from version 4.0 of SILAB onwards.

The WIVW simulator training for seniors is subject of a TV report of the Bavarian Broadcasting. Watch the video here.