Using Driver Simulators to Assess Instructional Format Efficacy on Older and Younger Drivers' Understanding of Adaptive Cruise Control

Drivers have poor conceptual understanding of new adaptive driver safety systems (ADAS) such as adaptive cruise control (ACC). When using advanced safety systems, older drivers tend to be more open to learning through reading manuals, but also tend to struggle with learning the uses and limitations of a safety system. Different instructional formats can have different training effects for older learners. These can run counter to the intuitive expectation that older drivers will be more comfortable with, and therefore learn more from, traditional instructional formats such as books or manuals. The proposed project will investigate the comparative efficacy of different forms of instruction (informational text, text-based scenarios, interactive game-scenarios) for older and younger drivers learning about ACC systems. The project will examine the impact of these different instructional forms on drivers' mental models and simulation-based driving performance. This project will build on the investigators' current project to develop scenario-based instruction (interactive and text) to enhance drivers' mental models of ACC systems. This project proposes a study in which younger and older drivers learn about ACC using three different instructional formats. The project will compare the impact of different types of instruction on participants' mental models of ACC, as well as on their driving performance in a driving simulator. The study will use a repeated measures design to look at drivers' mental models before and after instruction and after simulated driving experience. This design will allow the project to identify any interactions between age and instructional type, examining both their understanding of ACC, as well as their performance in the driving simulator using ACC.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research project done at the University of Iowa


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SaferSim)

    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242
  • Principal Investigators:

    Moore, Joyce

    Devane, Benjamin

  • Start Date: 20150701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39199

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01556646
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SaferSim)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC53
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 11 2015 1:01AM