Human reaction delays in nonstandard driver positions
Although driver distraction has been a known problem for many years, there is a lack of research exploring distraction in the context of autonomous vehicles and non-traditional physical positions drivers may adapt when cars are driving themselves. Thus, our study attempted to investigate the effects of driver distraction and physical positions on the performance and safety of vehicles with self-driving capabilities. To achieve this, we developed a simulator for autonomous vehicles using modified software including Carla and Roadrunner. We also constructed a physical car enclosure and created scripted scenarios to evaluate reaction times and other variables. To collect data, we had volunteers drive through our custom map on simulated drives while using autonomous features and engaging in distracting tasks in different physical positions. Our findings have implications for the development of autonomous vehicle technologies and driver monitoring systems.
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