Driver Performance Model: 1. Conceptual Framework

Report No. ARL-TR-2581
Authors: Joseph M. Heimerl
Date/Pages: December 2001; 29 pages
Abstract: A comprehensive model that combines the necessary aspects of vehicle characteristics manual control theory, and human sensory and cognitive capabilities (and limitations) is needed to efficiently and effectively guide experiments and to predict or assess overall driver performance. Such a model would enable an Army program manager to rank competing workload configurations and scenarios in proposed vehicles and to select the one(s) most promising, thereby saving resources otherwise spent on the current process, that is, multiple hardware iterations of "design-test-fix." At the present time, no such comprehensive model exists. This report discusses a conceptual framework designed to encompass the relationships, conditions, and constraints related to direct, indirect, and remote modes of driving and thus provides a guide or "roadmap" for the construction and creation of a comprehensive driver performance model.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: December 1, 2001