Truck Driver Fatigue Assessment using a Virtual Reality System

The proposed project will use the CAVE Automated Virtual Reality Environment to develop a system capable of evaluating driver reactions and assess driver fatigue in a safe no-risk environment. Driver alertness and reactions will be tested under a variety of conditions (e.g. day, night, snow, rain, fog, etc.) and a variety of events will test the driver's awareness (e.g. lane closures, sudden traffic stops, construction, erratically behaving cars). Driver statistics such as lane location, driver crossing over dashed or solid white lines, reaction time and eyelid droop/closure will all be recorded and assessed. The project will consist of a research and hardware installation phase, a software implementation phase and a brief driver test phase. During the research phase, the project will categorize the relationship between shifting, braking and steering wheel response, so as to make the simulation as realistic as possible. A team of civil, mechanical, electrical and computer engineers and real-world truck drivers will be assembled to complete the project. It is anticipated that the largest effort in the project will be the software programming required to render the 3D graphical interface. The project will develop a proof of concept by testing a limited number of long-haul tractor trailer drivers both before their shift begins and at their maximum hourly limit. The real power of Rowan's CAVE™ Virtual Reality environment is the ability to mix virtual reality imagery with real devices. For this study, the driver will be placed in a bucket seat and use a steering wheel, shift lever and foot pedal interfaced into the system software. The driver will be able to traverse custom landscapes, while we test their response under controlled conditions. The intention will be to expand the initial project to run studies to assess driver fatigue for several permutations of driving and rest times for specific driving conditions (e.g. driving in heavy rain with darkened lighting or heavy snow with road glare for prolonged periods). The goal will be to determine if drivers would benefit from more frequent mandatory rest periods when driving in harsh driving conditions. The study may also be expanded to quantify the effect of driving during a midnight to 5am time frame versus a daytime time frame to assess its effect on fatigue.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $166792.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Project Managers:

    Eickemeyer, Penny

  • Performing Organizations:

    Rowan University

    College of Engineering
    201 Mullica Hill Road
    Glassboro, NJ  United States  08028
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mehta, Yusuf

  • Start Date: 20140401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36360

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01524853
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49997-43-25
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 7 2014 1:00AM