Conference Proceeding

Driver Advocate™ Tool

  • Chip Wood (Motorola, Tempe, AZ)
  • Robert Leivian (Motorola, Tempe, AZ)
  • Noel Massey (Motorola, Tempe, AZ)
  • Jack Bieker (Motorola, Tempe, AZ)
  • John Summers (Motorola, Tempe, AZ)


Using scenario driven research, a Driver AdvocateTM (DA) [1] system has been designed to advise the driver about potentially unsafe situations based on information from environmental sensors [2]. DA is an intelligent dynamic system that monitors, senses, prioritizes, personalizes, and sends alerts to the driver appropriate to the moment. This has the potential to sharply decrease driver distraction and inattention. To support the realization of DA, a DA Tool (DAT) has been developed to coordinate with a KQ (previously Hyperion) virtual driving simulator and allow the merging of the simulated driving performance, the enviormental sensors, and the intelligent use of audio, visual, and tactile feedback to alert the driver to potential danger and unsafe driving behavior. DAT monitors the traffic, lane following, forward and side clearances, vehicle condition, cockpit distractions, Infotainment use, and the driver affective behavior. The DAT is designed to be highly configurable, flexible, and user friendly to facilitate creative freedom in designing usability and human factors experiments and rapid prototyping.

How to Cite:

Wood, C. & Leivian, R. & Massey, N. & Bieker, J. & Summers, J., (2001) “Driver Advocate™ Tool”, Driving Assessment Conference 1(2001), 295-299. doi:

Rights: Copyright © 2001 the author(s)

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Published on
16 Aug 2001
Peer Reviewed