What's happened to car design? An exploratory study into the effect of 15 years of progress on driver situation awareness


Walker, Guy H., Stanton, Neville A. and Young, Mark S. (2007) What's happened to car design? An exploratory study into the effect of 15 years of progress on driver situation awareness. International Journal of Vehicle Design 2007, 45, (1-2), 266-282. (doi:10.1504/IJVD.2007.013679).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJVD.2007.013679

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Vehicle feedback includes steering feel, engine noise and most other aspects of what the driver can perceive through their normal interaction with the vehicle. Ten car drivers took part in an on-road study to explore the relationship between vehicle feedback and the concept of driver situational awareness (SA). It was shown that drivers of older generation vehicles with higher levels of vehicle feedback have statistically better SA than drivers of modern vehicles. The results are considered important from a primary safety viewpoint as poor SA is reported to be a greater cause of accidents than improper speed or driving technique.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1741-5314 (print)
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Keywords: car design, driver performance, vehicle feedback, driver situation awareness, vehicle design, steering feel, engine noise, vehicle safety
Subjects: T Technology
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 73839
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:52
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/73839

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