Driving simulator for head-up display evaluation: driver’s response time on accident simulation cases

Vassilis Charissis, Sachi Arafat, Warren Chan, Christodoulos Christomanos

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This paper introduces a novel automotive full-windshield Head-Up Display (HUD) interface, which aims to improve driver’s spatial awareness and response times under low visibility conditions. To evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed HUD system, a multidiscipline and multinational team of researchers built the driving simulator presented further on. Due to time and cost constraints, this simulator was assembled from off-the-shelf components and was based on open-source code. This paper will discuss the HUD function, present the challenges of the simulator's construction process and provide an analytical overview of the two accident scenarios used for the system evaluation. The evaluation outcomes of 40 user tests conducted using the custom-built driving simulator. The results are presented in detail and the conclusions of the study are discussed offering a tentative plan of future work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Driving Simulation Conference, Asia/Pacific DSC’06
Place of PublicationAIST Tsukuba, Japan
PublisherJapan Society of Mechanical Engineers
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2006


  • head up display
  • simulation
  • driving simulator
  • human computer interaction
  • driving scenarios
  • collision avoidance
  • user experience
  • open source
  • virtual reality
  • user interface design
  • driver safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Transportation
  • Safety Research
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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