In-Vehicle Drowsy Driving Detection and Alerting

This research project focuses on exploring the currently available and near-term drowsy detection and alerting systems on the market and developing a methodology for determining what warnings and/or specific messages should be provided to drivers to prevent drowsy driving after the detection of drowsiness has occurred. Currently, drowsy driving detection systems provided by Original Equipment Manufacturers alert drivers that they are drowsy by a simple auditory and/or a visual warning. However, it is unlikely that this alert would be sufficient to affect behavior change in many populations of frequent drowsy drivers. To determine what type of alerting strategy is most effective, the project will develop a methodology that will allow in-vehicle alerts and messages to be tested in a motivationally and emotionally valid environment. The project has four objectives. The first objective is to determine and report on the state-of-the-field in regards to commercial systems that detect and alert drivers of their drowsy state. The second is to identify and report on countermeasures and alerting strategies (content and timing) that may ameliorate the effects of drowsy driving and/or persuade drivers to cease driving while drowsy. The third is to identify and report on potential methodologies that will allow for the testing of potential countermeasures and alerting strategies in a driving simulator. The fourth is to perform a pilot-study demonstrating the effectiveness of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved methodologies and countermeasures.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $226403
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTNH2211D00237/0014

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Sifrit, Kathy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Westat, Incorporated

      1650 Research Boulevard
      Rockville, MD  United States  20850
    • Start Date: 20150928
    • Expected Completion Date: 20200930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
    • Subprogram: Drowsy Driving

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01619673
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTNH2211D00237/0014
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Dec 21 2016 4:20PM