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Human Factors Research: “Trust Issues” with Autonomous Vehicles

Published on September 4, 2019

Human Factors Research: “Trust Issues” with Autonomous Vehicles
  When it comes to autonomous vehicles, we have trust issues. On the one hand, adoption will be slow (or non-existent) until we develop a certain baseline level of trust in these systems. On the other hand, human factors research has shown that laypeople often vastly over-rely on autonomous systems.  Human Factors Research Highlights the … Continued

New simulator puts people in a full-size car to understand their driving behavior

Published on July 18, 2019

New simulator puts people in a full-size car to understand their driving behavior
When you take a seat in the 2013 Ford Fusion sitting in Srinivas Peeta’s new lab, you enter a virtual world where researchers can throw anything at you: snow and ice, detours, traffic snarls. All you have to do is drive, and along the way researchers are going to watch every turn, every acceleration, every … Continued

How Will Human and Machine Share the Road? Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) Research with SimCreator DX and SimDriver

Published on March 5, 2019

Elon Musk and Bird scooters might grab the headlines, but the place that we’re truly breaking new ground in human mobility is with ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) and autonomous/semi-autonomous vehicles. Realtime Technologies has decades of experience with human-in-the-loop simulation and modeling. This forms the foundation of the ADAS simulation software module for their new SimCreator … Continued

Eliminate the “Sunk Cost” Mindset in Driving Simulation Research

Published on February 19, 2019

Driving simulation research is hobbled by a “sunk cost” mindset. Owing to the slow revision cycle and tedious debugging process, teams can become locked into a specific avenue of research. As they test and tweak their sim, they may stumble upon a promising new direction–but the idea of changing horses midstream is just too grueling … Continued

Aggressive and Distracted Driving Research: Slow Studies Cost Lives

Published on February 5, 2019

Aggressive and distracted driving will kill 36,000 American deaths this year–equivalent to 86 fully loaded passenger jets crashing into the ocean. Each year, aggressive and distracted driving together account for roughly 90 percent of all U.S. traffic fatalities. Aggressive driving is responsible for 66 percent of these deaths, while distracted driving can be credited with … Continued

Stop Driving Yourself Crazy! GUI Driving Simulation Software for a New Generation of Researchers

Published on January 24, 2019

Driving simulation studies can drive you crazy. They have notoriously slow development cycles–even small tweaks or revisions can prove brutal to execute. In many cases, more than nine months elapse between approval of the study and the driving simulation being ready for its first group of subjects. Why? Because most modern driving simulation software has … Continued

UConn Sim lab dedicated to safer driving

Published on July 27, 2018

STORRS — A new simulation lab in an engineering building at UConn is a full-sized mocked up simulator that immerses drivers courtesy of a modified Ford Fusion. The lab is the UConn Engineering Department’s new endeavor to help drivers down the road, literally. According to Eric Jackson, the director of the transportation safety research center at UConn, … Continued
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