The primary goal of the GEM project is to assess how the provision of integrated driver support systems affects the performance of the driver and to identify the optimal mode of presentation of the information to the driver, in order to ensure their safe utilisation.
The objective will be achieved through the development of a Generic Evaluation Methodology to be employed as and when new driver support systems become available. The methodology will address all of the factors that must be considered when incorporating a new application into a vehicle i.e. driver characteristics, driver tasks, vehicle capabilities and the requirements of the application itself, from both a behavioural analysis and systems integration viewpoint.
In short, the project will identify:
- a generic method for evaluating the effects of combining multiple applications;
- criteria for determining what types of applications can be combined to the benefit of the driver, and which combinations seem likely to be detrimental;
- whether new man machine interfacing technologies (e.g. head up displays) are likely to enhance the potential of existing support systems.
The project will build on the extensive research that has already been performed on driver modelling and task analysis within previous DRIVE and PROMETHEUS projects and the resultant methodology will be tested on real world and simulator test beds that have been developed during the course DRIVE Project V1041 GIDS and Project V2004 ARIADNE. This will enable the consortium to utilise numerous driver support applications (e.g. collision avoidance, route guidance, parking aid) that are currently and potentially available on the market, and a wide range of man-machine interfaces (MMI) Devices (e.g. LCD Display, head-up display, audio, intelligent accelerator pedal) in the completion of this task.
The methodology will be of great benefit to car manufacturers and systems developers as it will allow them to optimise the configuration of applications ensuring they are safe, efficient and meet the target market needs for particular vehicles and drivers.
CONTRIBUTION TO STANDARDISATION
The project will produce a standardised procedure for the evaluation of driver support applications which will utilise information and data on evaluation methods from other projects within the Transport Telematics and PROMETHEUS initiatives and ERTICO. It is hoped that the results of the project will form the basis of a European Code of Practice on this topic.
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