Report on simulator test results and driver acceptance of PROSPECT functions

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Irene Gohl
Johann Stoll
Pablo Puente Guillen
Marie-Pierre Bruyas
Marie Jaussein
Evan Gallouin
Klaus Perlet
Mats Peterson
Regina Johansson
Elin Meltzer
Mikael Ljung Aust
Julia Braeutigam
David Large

The process of developing new automotive systems includes various testing cycles to assure a save operation in traffic. Physical system testing on test tracks is very important for this purpose, but rather expensive and might only become possible in later stages of the development process. Using a virtual simulation environment offers a safe possibility of testing new systems in early stages of development. Aditionally, driver-in-the-loop tests at test track and in a virtual simulator make it possible to evaluate driver reaction and potential acceptance by the future users of those systems. Within PROSPECT the new functions are investigated under various aspects in several simulator studies and test track studies.

This deliverable D7.3 gives detailed information of conduction and results of the each study. Three studies focus exclusively on the for Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) specifically dangerous urban intersection scenarios. The first of those studies examines the driver behaviour in a turning situation when a byciclist might be crossing. The second study, which provides an initial step in this line of research, analyzed the acceptance of issued forward collision warning times. In the third study acceptance of an intersection assist autonomous emergency braking systems was tested regarding the acceptance of potential buyers.

Two studies focused on longitudinal scenarios. Both studies followed the same design, but one was conducted on a test track and the other one in a simulator. The main objective was to investigate drivers reactions to FCW warnings and Active Steering interventions in critical VRU scenarios in case of a distraction of the driver.

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