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HUMAN FACTORS TRAILER OF HIGHWAY DRIVING SIMULATION PROJECTS

This  image shows the Highway Driving Simulator. A midsize vehicle is affixed on top  of a motion base system and faces a wraparound projection screen that displays a  roadway environment scenario.

Human Factors Trailer of Highway Driving Simulation Projects and Capabilities

This video shows a driving simulation through various human factors experiments that were conducted using the Highway Driving Simulator. The video also demonstrates a variety of capabilities that are possible with this research tool.

HUMAN FACTORS TEAM'S NEW SIMULATION CAPABILITY

This video shows a virtual drive along Kalakaua Avenue in the Waikiki Beach area of Honolulu, Hawaii. Team members used information available from Hawaii Department of Transportation, and commercial, off-the-shelf software to effectively replicate a driving scenario. Virtual Driving Along Waikiki Beach: This video shows a virtual drive along Kalakaua Avenue in the Waikiki Beach area of Honolulu, Hawaii. Team members used information available from Hawaii Department of Transportation, and commercial, off-the-shelf software to effectively replicate a driving scenario.

COOPERATIVE ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (CACC)

This video shows two video clips (one right after the other) to show how people merge, either manually, or using the cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC) automation, into a line of other cars on the highway.  The first clip shows a participant merging into a gap in the traffic, with the assistance of the CACC merging automation. The second video shows a participant merging into a gap manually (without CACC). The gaps between the cars are short, and the vehicle merging without the CACC is hit by the car approaching from the rear. Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC): Merging Behavior: This video shows two video clips (one right after the other) to show how people merge, either manually, or using the cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC) automation, into a line of other cars on the highway. The first clip shows a participant merging into a gap in the traffic, with the assistance of the CACC merging automation. The second video shows a participant merging into a gap manually (without CACC). The gaps between the cars are short, and the vehicle merging without the CACC is hit by the car approaching from the rear.

AGENT-BASED MODELING AND SIMULATION IN THE DILEMMA ZONE

This video shows a vehicle approaching a signalized  intersection with a green light indication. When the vehicle nears the  intersection, a red light indicator located inside the cab begins to flash  alerting the driver of cross traffic that will be entering the intersection.  The purpose is to alert the driver to take evasive action. Evolutionary Agent System for Transportation Outlook (VASTO) - Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation in the Dilemma Zone: This video shows a vehicle approaching a signalized intersection with a green light indication. When the vehicle nears the intersection, a red light indicator located inside the cab begins to flash alerting the driver of cross traffic that will be entering the intersection. The purpose is to alert the driver to take evasive action.

DIVERGING DIAMOND INTERCHANGE

The image is a screenshot from the video. It shows an in-vehicle view of a diverging diamond interchange. Vehicles are shown in the interchange. Two traffic lights on the green cycle extend over the interchange. Grassy areas are also seen, as well as trees and various road signs.Diverging Diamond Interchange In-Vehicle View With Traffic: This video shows a simulation of driving through a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) from a motorist's perspective. NOTE: This animation is for illustrative purposes only. The Traffic Control Devices and geometric design details would differ for a completed DDI.
The image is a screenshot from the video. It shows an in-vehicle view of a diverging diamond interchange with a pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk. A tractor trailer is also shown in the interchange. A traffic light displaying an upward-pointing green arrow is also shown. Grassy areas are also seen, as well as trees and various road signs.Diverging Diamond Interchange In-Vehicle View With Traffic & Pedestrians: This video shows a simulation of driving through a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) from a motorist's perspective. It includes other motorists and pedestrians. NOTE: This animation is for illustrative purposes only. The Traffic Control Devices and geometric design details would differ for a completed DDI.

GENERAL SIMULATION

The image is a screenshot from the video. It shows a two-lane roadway at night, lit by a vehicle's headlights. Two road signs can be seen in the distance.Driving Safety Enhancements for Rural Curves at Night: This video demonstrates the various topographical and roadway features in layers that are used when developing a drivable simulated environment. This scenario was used to examine the effects of varying countermeasures on driver behavior on rural roadways with horizontal and vertical curvature at night.

RESTRICTED CROSSOVER U-TURN (RCUT)

The image is a screenshot from the video. It shows a four-lane roadway (two lanes in each direction) separated by a grassy median. Vehicles are shown on the roadway.Traditional Intersection Design Before RCUT: This video shows a simulation of a traditional major/minor roadway intersection with Two-Way Stop-Control (TWSC). The video also demonstrates the queuing effect that occurs on the minor roadway as motorists wait for the median to clear.
The image is a screenshot from the video. It shows a four-lane roadway (two lanes in each direction) separated by a grassy median. Within the median is a restricted crossover U-turn intersection. Vehicles are shown on the roadway.RCUT-Aerial View of Operations: This video shows a simulation of the Restricted-Crossover U-Turn (RCUT) intersection design. It shows the relative ease of finding a gap to enter the intersection. NOTE: This animation is for illustrative purposes only. The Traffic Control Devices and geometric design details would differ for a completed intersection. The use of acceleration lanes is also recommended under certain traffic conditions.
The image is a screenshot from the video. It shows the roadway from the driver's point of view. Three smaller screenshots are included, which show the view from the rearview mirror and each side view mirrors.RCUT In-Vehicle Drive (with route signing): This video provides a simulated in-vehicle view of navigating through a Restricted-Crossover U-Turn (RCUT) intersection from a driver's perspective when approaching from the minor roadway. Viewers will see route signs along the sides of major and minor roads, vehicle speed, and traffic from behind in the rearview and side view mirrors, which illustrates the multiple conflicts/challenges that a driver faces during acceleration, weaving, and deceleration. NOTE: This animation is for illustrative purposes only. The Traffic Control Devices and geometric design details would differ for a completed intersection. The use of acceleration lanes is also recommended under certain traffic conditions.

MINI-ROUNDABOUT

The image is a screenshot from the video. It shows the roadway from the driver's point of view as the vehicle approaches a mini-roundabout. Buildings on either side of the roundabout, grassy areas, and various street signs are also visible.Mini-Roundabout: This video shows an in-vehicle view of a simulated mini-roundabout. The video starts with an aerial view depicting an AutoCAD drawing that was used to simulate the intersection's geometry and traffic control devices. The video then transitions to an in-vehicle view that navigates through the intersection. NOTE: This animation is for illustrative purposes only. The Traffic Control Devices and geometric design details would differ for a completed intersection. The use of acceleration lanes is also recommended under certain traffic conditions.

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