Intelligent Speed Adaptation
Many drivers have issues with speed. However, the problem can vary depending on the driver.
SiDE has conducted research that indicates that younger drivers tend to speed more on roads with higher speed limits, while older drivers have problems regulating their speed on roads with 20-40mph restrictions. These drivers are more cautious on higher-speed roads, but struggle more in built-up areas as there is more going on.
With this in mind, researchers are investigating how drivers respond to various methods of keeping their speed in check, from verbal warnings to systems that automatically restrict vehicle speed.
Intelligent Speed Adaptation systems are being developed around the world in a bid to improve driver safety and enforce speed limits. Researchers in Newcastle are investigating how drivers react to the various speed correction measures being suggested by companies and governments.
The reactions of older drivers are recorded using the technology on SiDE’s DriveLAB simulator, including heart-rate monitors, on-board cameras and eye-tracking goggles. Using these technologies, researchers can assess whether drivers find speed-limiting systems helpful or distracting.
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• Guo W, Brennan D, Sampson E, Blythe PT. Intelligent Speed Adaptation for older drivers – assessing user experience and system usability. IEEE transactions on ITS 2013, Special issue on human factors in intelligent vehicles. Submitted.
• Guo AW, Brennan D, Pavkova K, Blythe PT. Intelligent Speed Control Technology for Older Drivers. In: Road Traffic Information and Control (RTIC). 2012, London: The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).