Impact of Smart Phones' Interaction Modality on Driving Performance for Conventional and Autonomous Vehicles

The research will compare two different modes of interaction between drivers and smart phones: touch-based commands vs. audio/vocal commands. The goal is to quantify potential improvements in drivers’ performance in executing specific maneuvers and to quantify potential reduction of distraction (quantified through timing of eye gaze away from the road). The study will be executed in an integrated car simulation environment, with a driver-in-the-loop setting. A population of 40 individuals will be tested in both conventional and semi-autonomous simulated vehicles. Results from the research are expected to provide solid guidelines for future regulations in the realm of smart phones usage and human-machine interfaces for both conventional vehicles as well as semi-autonomous vehicles. Should voice commands result in an overall improvement of drivers’ performance, some States may relax their regulations that ban use of personal devices. Vice versa, should such improvement not be registered, careful revisions of the allowed activities while at the wheel of semi-autonomous vehicles would need to be crafted.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $73816
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747127

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112
    • Principal Investigators:

      Favaro, Francesca

    • Start Date: 20180901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20191130
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01681900
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747127
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Sep 25 2018 3:38PM