Rider State Evaluation

Driver State Evaluation on Motorcycles

In the course of the continued research assignment with the Honda Research Institute Europe and Honda R&D Europe, a comprehensive „Driver State Evaluation on Motorcycles” is researched following the “Driver Modeling”.

For this purpose, this institute has a Honda CBR 650 at its disposal since summer 2017, which is equipped with wheel speed sensors, inertia measurement units, cameras, spring travel sensors, and a steering angle sensor. Beside the measurement equipment on the vehicle, Honda also provides an Xsens Motion Tracking Suit, which registers body movements with 17 inertia measurement units and up to 240 Hz. To investigate the influence of eye movements and driver behavior, eye tracking glasses are used that track the driver’s eye movements with up to 120 Hz.

The aim of the project is to improve understanding of the driver-machine-interaction, as a future adaption of emergency braking systems from cars to motorcycles is still opposed by open questions regarding the driver behavior depending on the environment and driving situation. Other than a car driver, a motorcycle driver cannot be neglected during braking or even steering interventions. Possible interactions depend, among other things, on the willingness to brake and the driver’s skills and can even worsen critical situations. Thus, the question of how driving behavior can be measured and described is researched over the course of this project.

 
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