Conference Proceeding

Evaluation of Driving-Assistance Systems Based on Drivers' Workload

  • Yuji Takada (Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan)
  • Osamu Shimoyama (Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan)


This paper describes an experimental study concerning an evaluation of advanced driving-assistance systems using methods for estimating workload levels. The effects of such systems on drivers’ mental workload and driving performance were measured experimentally using the driving simulator. Six subjects were instructed to drive the simulator in a highway environment with and without Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and/or the collision-warning system (CWS). To assess the effectiveness of these systems on drivers’ performance, the subjects were asked to calculate sums of single- or double-digit figures displayed. The results show that higher accuracy was obtained under a condition with ACC than without it. To estimate the subjects’ mental workload levels, their electrocardiograms and respiration data were recorded during the sessions and the RRI, heart rate variance and respiration frequency were calculated. The results indicate that the provision of the CWS and ACC reduced the subjects’ mental workload compared with the situation without the systems.

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Takada, Y. & Shimoyama, O., (2001) “Evaluation of Driving-Assistance Systems Based on Drivers' Workload”, Driving Assessment Conference 1(2001), 208-213. doi:

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Published on
16 Aug 2001
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