A Program of Research on the Driving Control Process

Professor Robert Ervin

University of Michigan Transportation

Research Institute

The process by which people control the motion response of motor vehicles will be considered, in light of a large research program that is founded on empirical measurement using instrumented vehicles in normal service. This UMTRI initiative, begun in 1993, has joined vehicle dynamics expertise with specialties in ergonomics and cognitive psychology for mounting a sustained collaboration in this complex area. The overall research effort is aimed at developing scientific underpinnings for a new era of automotive innovation involving so-called "driver assistance systems". Several such systems will be defined in terms of their primary apparent challenges for human-centered design. Results from the naturalistic use of some of these systems in prototype vehicles will be presented. A suite of modern tools for acquiring and querying massive archives of driving data is described.

While a few modeling constructs will be reviewed as they have emerged, piecemeal, from the initial phase of this work, the presentation's focus on empirical study reveals the practical situation. That is, we seek to help guide an imminent, mass-product technology where the first-principles of today's science fall far short of informing a useful model, given the human-centrality of the system applications

.Friday, October 20, 2000

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

1500 EECS