1990-02-01

Driver's Response and Behavior on Being Confronted with a Pedestrian or a Vehicle Suddenly Darting Across the Road 900144

The sudden darting out of a pedestrian or a vehicle onto the road was used as an unexpected situation to investigate the driver's response and behavior with the driving simulator.In this emergency situation, the driving operations to avoid the pedestrian or the crossing vehicle, and the percentage of having an accident depended on the driver's driving experience.Consequently, 55% of the subject drivers operated the steering wheel to avoid the pedestrian. The drivers who applied the brakes to avoid the pedestrian were a little less than 90% among the experienced drivers, but only half of the beginners.When even both the steering and braking were used to move to the other side to avoid the pedestrian, half of the experienced drivers had accidents, and about 65% of all of them had accidents. When the beginners tried to avoid the pedestrian in various ways, almost all of them had accidents.

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