Human Factors in Traffic

Anticipatory and stress-free driving

Novel assistance functions provide the driver with supporting information in complex traffic situations, but benefits arise only if the information flow is intelligently filtered to avoid over­loading the driver. To this end, support is adapted to the driver’s current state and activation by detection of overburdened or inattentive drivers. By incorporating adaptive support into the design of vehicle controls and displays, the driver receives information much earlier and is motiv­ated to anticipate traffic situations rather than simply react to them. This anticipatory approach is the key to a safer, more efficient, and less taxing urban driving experience.