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The WIVW attends the 5th  International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention, which is held from March 20 - 22 2017 in Paris. The topic of the WIVW presentation is:

  • Measuring driver fatigue based on eyelid opening level

Further information on the conference can be foud here.

WIVW and VI-grade announced their co-operation as to the further development of the advanced WIVW motorcycle riding simulator, joining their technological expertise. Initially, the development of this dynamic motorcycle riding simulator was part of the ZIM funded project DESMORI, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (KF 2012453RP3; partners: TU Darmstadt (FZD) and BMW Motorrad). In particular, the simulator is taking advantage of the real-time VI-BikeRealTime motorcycle dynamics simulation software from VI-grade. The simulator will be used for HMI-design, rider training as well as research on rider behavior in a broader sense (e.g. hazard perception or implementation of an autonomous brake assist). As a driving simulation software framework, WIVW SILAB will be relied on.

An extended version of the press release can be found here.

The WIVW presents two talks at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Europe Chapter Meeting, wich is held from 26th to 28th October 2016 in Prague:

  • A review of non-driving-related tasks used in studies on automated driving
  • How do naturalistic non-driving-related tasks influence take-over time and quality during highly automated driving?

Further information can be found at the conference homepage.

The WIVW presents a talk at the 8th International Conference on Autootive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, wich is held from 24th to 26th October 2016 in Ann Arbor:

  • Your turn or my turn? Design of a Human-Machine Interface for Conditional Automation.

More information on the conference can be found here.

The WIVW will attend the 11th International Motorcycle Conference, which is held from the 3rd to the 4th October in Cologne, with the following presentation:

  • Assessing Powered Two Wheelers' display and control concepts – results from a pilot study

Further information on the conference can be found here.

The WIVW will attend the "Bicycle and Motorcycle Dynamics Conference 2016 "Symposium on the Dynamics and Control of Single Track Vehicles", which is held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA from 21st to 23rd September 2016. The following talk will be presented:

  • Bringing single track vehicle dynamics to motorcycle riding simulators – results of a pilot study

Further information regarding the conference can be found here.

The January issue 2017 of the international journal "Applied Ergonomics" contains a publication by the WIVW. In two subsequent simulator studies, an assessment of whether total-eyes-off-road-times while driving and using an infotainment system can be predicted via keystroke-level-modeling is performed:

  • Evaluating distraction of in-vehicle information systems while driving by predicting total eyes-off-road times with keystroke level modeling (free download)

At the Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium 2016, which is held fomr May 31st to June 2nd 2016 in Stuttgart, the WIVW will present the following talk:

  • A controllability assessment of hands-free partially automated driving

More information on the symposium can be found here.

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: www.safe2wheelers.eu

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.