Driving Data Analysis Assignment
University of Michigan
Industrial and Operations Engineering 437
Automotive Human Factors
© Paul Green
Driving Simulator Experiment
Background and Expected Learning Objectives
1. to familiarize you with procedures for conducting automotive human factors
evaluations and the analysis of data from driving studies
What you are to do
In this experiment, self-selected members of the class, at least 1 from each group, will
serve as subjects.
One at time, their task is to “follow a lead vehicle at a reasonable
distance, as if they were following them to get somewhere, while trying to maintain a
reasonably stable speed.”
Each test trial (1/subject) takes about 5 minutes to complete.
As the class period is 90 minutes, there is no way to test everyone in the class.
While driving, the subject will be video and audio taped, and the driving simulator will
record the subject’s driving performance (e.g., steering wheel angle, throttle position,
speed, headway, yaw angle, and other measures at 30 Hz), for which a list is at the end
of this assignment.
Also, during class, record all of the information you might need to describe the test
method, facilities, simulator, and subjects.
You cannot return to collect something you
At the end of class, we will have the driving data available for each subject as an Excel
file, an mov file of them driving, and will collect class determined biographical data for
each subject (to be distributed later as an Excel file).
Students, working in groups of 3 or 4, will analyze the data from at least 1 person in
their group and others in the class (which may include others in their group).
group will analyze data from a subset of 4 subjects in the class, which will vary from
group to group.
Other than the general statement of “looking at the differences between groups” and
“thinking about driver models,” each group must determine what issues should be
Thus, in this assignment, the questions to be addressed are deliberately
vague, and your first and very important task is to determine what the questions should