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Driver distraction and its effects on partially automated driving performance

13 January 2022

Drivers of partially automated vehicles (PAVs) are relieved from parts of the driving tasks allocated to the automated driver. Ironically, these drivers are obligated to continuously monitor the driving task at all times and keep their attention on the roadway. This reduction in the driving task's demands and cognitive workload may encourage drivers to engage with non-driving related tasks …

MEDIATOR behind the scenes: monitoring the driver

16 December 2021

MEDIATOR is developing a system that mediates between human driver and the vehicle automation to ensure safe, real-time switching between the two, based on who is fittest to drive. Currently, the prototypes of the four main system components and their integration are getting shape. Here we briefly introduce the driver state component with the key concepts of fatigue, distraction and comfort. The …

Highlights from the MEDIATOR Advisory Board meetings

01 December 2021

On 16th of November 2021 the third Advisory Board meeting took place online. As our AB members come from all over the world, two meetings were held to accommodate for the timezone differences. In the morning session the scientific experts Satoshi Kitazaki from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan), David Shinar from the Ben-Gurion University (Israel) and Ann …

International Open Access Week

09 November 2021

From 25-31 October 2021 International Open Access Week took place. Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. In the framework of Open Access Week, Dr. Matthias Beggiato (TU Chemnitz) made a video …

Developing and testing HMI with Virtual Reality

01 November 2021

In August 2021, Anna Aldea graduated cum laude at Delft University of Technology on work within the MEDIATOR project. She developed a virtual reality tool to facilitate designing and testing human machine interfaces (HMIs) for automated vehicles. MEDIATOR is developing a system that mediates between human drivers and intelligent driving systems, ensuring that the one that is fittest controls the …

Who drives? Me or the car?

01 November 2021

In October 2020, Benedetta Grazian graduated cum laude from Delft University of Technology on her work within the MEDIATOR project. Applying a human-centred approach, Benedetta designed and tested an HMI for highly automated vehicles, i.e., automation that allows the driver to be out of the loop a long time (which relates to the MEDIATOR automation level ‘Time to Sleep’ ). The HMI …