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Using a highly instrumented car for naturalistic driving research : a small-scale study in Spain. PROmoting real Life Observations for Gaining Understanding of road user behaviour in Europe PROLOGUE, Deliverable D3.5
20110912 ST [electronic version only]
Valero-Mora, P.M. Tontsch, A. Pareja-Montoro, I. & Sánchez-García, M.
Valencia, INTRAS/University of Valencia, 2010, 57 p., 25 ref.; EU Seventh Framework Programme; Theme 7 Transport / Grant Agreement Number: 233597

Samenvatting The PROLOGUE project constitutes a first step for understanding the methodology involved in carrying out naturalistic driving (ND) research. ND is defined in Deliverable 1.1 as “...unobtrusively observing normal drivers in their normal driving context while driving their own vehicles.” In order to clarify this methodology, 5 different field trials set in different parts of Europe have been performed. These trials use different approaches, instrumental, and portray different goals. The common goal is a picture of the possibilities, drawbacks and potential applications of ND research. This document reports the PROLOGUE Field Trial in Valencia, Spain. This trial uses a highly instrumented car named ARGOS for evaluating the on-road behaviour of a small sample of drivers using in-vehicle information systems. The report includes a description of the capabilities and technology of the ARGOS car, a description of a field trial planned to evaluate the use of a navigator while driving, the logistic and technical challenges of this field trial, and the lessons learnt for future studies using this methodology and equipment. We regard the experience gained running this field trial as very valuable. The ARGOS car has shown to be potentially useful in the context of naturalistic observation studies. However, we have also realized that without a deep knowledge of its characteristics, results may not be as satisfactory as would be desirable. (Author/publisher) See http://www.prologue-eu.eu/ for more information and other reports about this programme.
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