Auburn Engineering researcher to study driving while distracted

Published: Sep 24, 2007 11:10:09 AM
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An Auburn researcher has received a $90,000 grant from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute of South Korea to study drivers who are distracted by the increasing number of information technology devices found in today's vehicles.

A team led by N. Hari Narayanan, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, will create a computational model which will simulate a driver who engages in other tasks while driving, such as talking on a cell phone, fiddling with controls of a CD player and entering an address on a GPS navigation system.

"Our initial goal will be to build a simulation capable of making realistic predictions about the driver's mental workload based on data from human drivers," says Narayanan. "Over the long term, we hope to develop an intelligent information management system for automobiles that will assist drivers in interacting with communication and entertainment devices without compromising safety."