Distraction in road traffic caused by large billboards, roadside construction, as well as disturbances within the vehicle, such as too loud music or conversations with the passenger, are a frequent cause of accidents, not least in Brazil. In order to be able to make more detailed statements in this regard, the driver's behavior was simulated in a driving simulator under distraction using German and Brazilian test drivers and a simulated Brazilian coastal road.
Within the project the Brazilian problem of a very high accident rate in road traffic was investigated with the help of the CARISSMA driving simulator (hexapod). The aim was to design and conduct a test person study for driver monitoring (Attention Analysis) in order to investigate the high accident rate with regard to its causes. In Ingolstadt, the particularly accident-prone coastal road from Curitiba to Paranaguá was virtually recreated. German and Brazilian test drivers were checked during their journey on the driving simulator for possible internal and external influencing factors. A video system for detecting driver attention was developed especially for this purpose and applied in the test person study.
The results were analyzed with specific methods of traffic psychology and presented at various scientific conferences (17th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (October 2014), China; 45th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops 2014, Brazil; XXIV Brazilian Congress on Biomedical Engineering (CBEB 2014, Brazil).