University of Leeds Driving Simulator (UoLDS)

Previous research

Human Machine Interaction And the Safety of Traffic in Europe (HASTE) (distraction)

Funding Organisation: European Union, FP5, Competitive and Sustainable Growth Programme


The aim of HASTE was to develop methodologies and guidelines for the assessment of in-vehicle information systems (IVIS). The intention was to devise an assessment regime that was independent of the design of an IVIS and that was based on the evaluation of driver performance when using a system as compared to driver performance without interaction with that system. The primary objective of the programme of research was the identification and exploration of the relationship between traffic scenario, the driver and the IVIS. This relationship was investigated by studying behavioural, vehicle, psychophysiological and self-reported measures in both virtual (LADS) and naturalistic (Instrumented Vehicle) driving environments.

The major constituents of the test regime were defined as:

  • Testing should take place in at least a medium-level driving simulator with at least fifteen participants.
  • A rural, two-lane driving scenario with a driving time of around one hour should be used.
  • Assessment should take place at the level of specific tasks on the IVIS, since the IVIS is likely to contain a combination of tasks of varying difficulty.
  • At least six metrics should be evaluated: subjective ratings, mean speed, high frequency steering component, min headway, percent road centre (eye-tracking) and the reaction time to a Peripheral Detection Task.