DEPEND - Development of Evaluation and research Platform for ENvironmental Driver support
Purpose and goal
The aim of the project was to develop an evaluation platform for environmental related driver assistance systems by combining tools and models for evaluation of driver behaviour (driving simulators, field tests, interviews, focus groups), evaluation of traffic performance (traffic simulation) and evaluation of environmental impacts (fuel- and emission models). The developed platform have been applied for evaluation of an assistance system for eco-driving.
Results and expected effects
The project has both resulted in a framework for combining simulation models of driving behavior, driver support systems, powertrain and traffic; and an evaluation of a specific fuel saving Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) with the aim to minimize fuel consumption for heavy vehicles. The developed framework for combining traffic simulation models with simulation models for support systems and powertrain have been further developed and applied within the EC FP7 project ecoDriver.
Approach and implementation
The project consisted of two parts, one on analyses of driving behavior and acceptance and one part on development of a traffic simulation model that includes simulation of driver assistance systems and the drivers´ interaction with the system. The second part has been conducted as a PhD project. It has unfortunately not progressed according to the original time plan and has therefore caused project delays. The results for this part will be documented in a licentiate thesis which will be finished and published after the official end date of the project.