Simulation Study for Driver Behaviour Analysis as a Basis for the Design of a Partially Autonomous Driver Assistance System

  • María Alonso
  • M. Henar Vega
  • Óscar Martín
Conference paper


This paper is presenting a driver behaviour investigation conducted within the framework of ISi-PADAS (Integrated Human Modelling and Simulation to support Human Error Risk Analysis of Partially Autonomous Driver Assistance Systems) FP7 European Project (September 2008–September 2011). This research has been developed at an initial phase of the project to support the conception of a new driver assistance system, aimed at improving longitudinal driving by means of information, warning and intervention strategies. In this research, the contribution to the system conception is based on providing a knowledge base of driver behaviour through the conduction of simulator experiments. In particular, this paper is aimed at providing a thorough description of the rationale behind the investigation, as well as at describing the methodology and the procedure used for the experiments conduction. Moreover, the main results achieved through this research and how these results are linked to the modelling phase inside the ISi-PADAS project, are covered within this paper.


Driver assistance system Driver behaviour Usal and cognitive distraction Driving simulator 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013) under grant agreement no. FP7-218552, Project ISi-PADAS (Integrated Human Modelling and Simulation to support Human Error Risk Analysis of Partially Autonomous Driver Assistance Systems).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CIDAUT Foundation, Parque Tecnológico de BoecilloBoecilloSpain

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