The Initiation And Control Of Action In Motor Vehicle Driving (2006–2008)
The everyday nature of driving tends to obscure the complex sensorimotor control processes involved. Accurate models of human behaviour remain elusive, partly because of a lack of certain sensory cues in driving simulator experiments. This project proposes using the latest GPS and 6D accelerometer technology to build an inexpensive, but highly accurate real-vehicle test bed. This vehicle will be used to help devise and test models of steering and braking initiation, and characterize the interplay of feed-forward versus feed-back control in the two manoeuvres. These models will feed into ongoing and future projects with government and private industry looking at road signs, suspension systems, and driver education programmes.