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Road hazard reaction testing using driving simulation: the novice vs. the experienced drivers

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5 Author(s)
Wang, Y. ; Tsinghua Univ., Beijing ; Peng, P. ; Lijun Liang ; Zhang, W.
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It is believed that the novice drivers are less prepared for potential road hazards and their reaction mode to hazards is different from the experienced drivers. Main road hazards in China were identified using focus group discussions and questionnaires. Then virtual reality technology was used to develop five most important hazards for experimental study. In this preliminary study, two groups of Chinese drivers (8 novice and 8 experienced) were tested on a driving simulation system. Their reaction to the hazards in terms of average driving speed, braking operation against suddenly appeared hazards, and wheel steering were automatically collected and analyzed. Results indicate that experienced drivers drive slower before potential hazards and their reaction to sudden appeared hazards are more appropriate. Potential impacts of this method and result include developing interventions for novice driver training program and developing hazard warning devices.

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Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, 2007 IEEE International Conference on

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2-4 Dec. 2007