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Analyzing the influence of different road types and layouts on physiological measures for the assessment of car drivers' mental workload

Schork, Sebastian (2018) Analyzing the influence of different road types and layouts on physiological measures for the assessment of car drivers' mental workload. Bachelor's, Universität Osnabrück.

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Abstract

Car driving has become safer over the past years. Still human errors and failures are a major factor in road traffic accidents. The sources of strain have shifted from physical strain towards mental strain. Therefore driver condition detection and mental workload while driving have gained interest as topic of research. This thesis aims to assess car drivers' mental workload on different road environments in a field study. The physiological measures of heart rate and pupil diameter will be used to investigate mental workload while driving. Study participants had to drive a predetermined route which composed highways, rural roads and city roads. In order to place these different road environments in a meaningful relationship they were annotated using a common systematic approach. A broad classification divided between highways, rural roads and city roads, and a more detailed classification denoted the physical layout of the road. Data processing and data analysis were performed using statistical software. The differences in the physiological measures on the different road environments were analyzed. On highways, rural roads and city roads, differences in the physiological measures of heart rate and pupil diameter were found. Furthermore the more detailed classification proved to bind more variance in the measures of heart rate and pupil diameter than the broader division between highways, rural roads and city roads. In sum, these results provide evidence that environmental factors have an influence on drivers' mental.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/119899/
Document Type:Thesis (Bachelor's)
Title:Analyzing the influence of different road types and layouts on physiological measures for the assessment of car drivers' mental workload
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Schork, Sebastianschork.sebastian (at) gmail.comUNSPECIFIED
Date:2018
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Number of Pages:44
Status:Submitted
Keywords:car drivers’ mental workload, field study, road classification system, physiological measures
Institution:Universität Osnabrück
Department:Fachbereich B.Sc Cognitive Science
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Terrestrial Vehicles (old)
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V BF - Bodengebundene Fahrzeuge
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Fahrzeugintelligenz (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Human Factors
Deposited By: Hendriks, Björn
Deposited On:07 Jun 2018 09:52
Last Modified:07 Jun 2018 09:52

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