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Hum Factors. 2012 Aug;54(4):654-62.

Assessing contextual factors that influence acceptance of pedestrian alerts by a night vision system.

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Autoliv Development AB, SE447 83 Vårgårda, Sweden. jan-erik.kallhammer@autoliv.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We investigated five contextual variables that we hypothesized would influence driver acceptance of alerts to pedestrians issued by a night vision active safety system to inform the specification of the system's alerting strategies.

BACKGROUND:

Driver acceptance of automotive active safety systems is a key factor to promote their use and implies a need to assess factors influencing driver acceptance.

METHOD:

In a field operational test, 10 drivers drove instrumented vehicles equipped with a preproduction night vision system with pedestrian detection software. In a follow-up experiment, the 10 drivers and 25 additional volunteers without experience with the system watched 57 clips with pedestrian encounters gathered during the field operational test. They rated the acceptance of an alert to each pedestrian encounter.

RESULTS:

Levels of rating concordance were significant between drivers who experienced the encounters and participants who did not. Two contextual variables, pedestrian location and motion, were found to influence ratings. Alerts were more accepted when pedestrians were close to or moving toward the vehicle's path.

CONCLUSION:

The study demonstrates the utility of using subjective driver acceptance ratings to inform the design of active safety systems and to leverage expensive field operational test data within the confines of the laboratory.

APPLICATION:

The design of alerting strategies for active safety systems needs to heed the driver's contextual sensitivity to issued alerts.

PMID:
22908687
DOI:
10.1177/0018720812437411
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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