While driving simulators are an excellent tool for ex-ante evaluation, they do not offer the opportunity to study human behaviour in a naturalistic setting. Our IMOB vehicle equipped with special research technology does!
A naturalistic driving study is an innovative research method characterised by the continuous recording of driving information using sophisticated instruments under real driving conditions. For example, to bring new technologies 'from the lab to the road', or to study human driving behaviour under real driving conditions, an instrumented vehicle offers great new research opportunities.
In 2019, UHasselt funded the purchase of a vehicle that was then instrumented by IMOB as part of the Horizon 2020 i-DREAMS project. A MobilEye camera, driver alert and recognition display, 4G and GPS receiver, dual-facing (in/out) camera and event data recorder were installed. All pilot technology developed within the i-DREAMS project was first tested in the instrumented vehicle. The vehicle was also equipped with an additional set of driver pedals on the passenger side to intervene during experiments when needed.
In a next step, IMOB will acquire a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) equipped with advanced sensors and AI processing units to collect 3D point cloud data. The state-of-the-art technology the vehicle will be equipped with, will enable advanced analytics and provide opportunities for improved safety and efficiency in the context of sustainable transport use.
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