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Monitoring Driver Drowsiness and Stress in a Driving Simulator

  • Maria Rimini-Doering (Robert Bosch GmbH Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Dietrich Manstetten (Robert Bosch GmbH Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Tobias Altmueller (Robert Bosch GmbH Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Ulrich Ladstaetter (Robert Bosch GmbH Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Michael Mahler (Robert Bosch GmbH Stuttgart, Germany)


Driver drowsiness, compounded by the high workloads and stress of the ever-increasing complexity of car and traffic environments, is a major cause of severe accidents. The objective of the project described in this paper is to develop reproducible and flexible methods for studying the relationships between physiological driver states and human-factor issues in a driving environment. For reasons of safety and reproducibility, a laboratory-based driving simulator is being used for the project experiments. Initial experiments were conducted with a cohort of about 60 healthy male subjects aged 22 to 28 under carefully controlled conditions. Performance was measured before, during, and after a 120 km stretch of stimulus-deprived, foggy highway that was intended to induce fatigue and stress. Across all trials 69% of the subjects experienced sleep events lasting several seconds, and 7 potentially fatal crashes occurred. Lane tracking behavior degraded by a factor of 2 to 3 prior to each crash. Much of the extensive data acquired by these experiments remains to be analyzed using both standard statistical techniques and highdimensional clustering algorithms. ALISA image-processing software is being applied to video images of the driver eyes and face to detect the onset of sleep and other critical situations

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Rimini-Doering, M. & Manstetten, D. & Altmueller, T. & Ladstaetter, U. & Mahler, M., (2001) “Monitoring Driver Drowsiness and Stress in a Driving Simulator”, Driving Assessment Conference 1(2001), 58-63. doi:

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Published on
15 Aug 2001
Peer Reviewed