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A validation of the Oregon State University driving simulator

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dc.contributor.advisor Dixon, Karen K.
dc.creator Brown, Lacy S.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-10T17:55:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-10T17:55:12Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-09-06
dc.date.issued 2012-09-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/33417
dc.description Graduation date: 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract Driving simulation is widely accepted as a safe, effective, and economical alternative for investigating driver behavior in a variety of contexts. However, in order to apply simulator-based research results to real-world settings, the performance measures acquired through simulated driving experiments must first be validated. This research was aimed at validating the Oregon State University Driving Simulator based on speed, acceleration, and deceleration data. The validation effort consisted of a road test and a simulator test. The road test was completed on a five-lane urban principal arterial in Corvallis, Oregon, and the simulated environment matched the field conditions as closely as possible. Ten subjects participated in both tests. Minimum speed, maximum speed, average speed, 85th-percentile speed, maximum acceleration and maximum deceleration data variables were analyzed using graphical comparisons as well as two-sample paired t-tests. With the exception of minimum speed, all data variables showed statistically significant differences on at least one of the three test sections. However, the researchers considered the magnitude of these differences to be insignificant in a practical setting (on average, 3.5 mph for speed variables and 0.80 ft/s² for acceleration and deceleration variables). Thus, the results of this research confirm the validity of the OSU driving simulator with regards to speed and acceleration. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Automobile driving simulators -- Oregon -- Corvallis -- Evaluation en_US
dc.title A validation of the Oregon State University driving simulator en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Engineering en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Hurwitz, David
dc.contributor.committeemember Layton, Robert
dc.contributor.committeemember Plant, Thomas
dc.description.peerreview no en_us

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