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Gaze Behavior During Simulated Driving: Elements for a Visual Driving Aid

  • Daniel R Mestre (Université de la Méditerranée, France)
  • Franck Mars (Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes, France)
  • Sylvian Durand (Université de la Méditerranée, France)
  • Fabrice Vienne (INRETS, France)
  • Stéphane Espié (INRETS, France)


Analyses of optic flow due to observer self-motion and analyses ofthe driver’s gazing behavior during curve driving have suggested that the driverhas a tendency to look at a location close to the tangent point on the inside edge ofthe road. Psychophysical experiments have further demonstrated that this visualstrategy can be partly explained as an optimization of information pick-up. Themain objective of the present study was to investigate, in an interactive simulationcontext, if this perceptual strategy might be used to define a visual aid for curvedriving. In the framework of the French ARCOS project (Research action forsecure driving;, we used a mini-simulator developed byINRETS (MSIS-CIR group) in collaboration with FAROS company, with twomain original characteristics: (1) during curve driving, the tangent point can becalculated and inserted in the visual scene in real-time and (2) a real-time eyerecordingsystem (EYELINK,® SMI) allows us to evaluate the relationshipsbetween driving performance, gaze direction and the on-line presentation of thetangent point.

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Mestre, D. & Mars, F. & Durand, S. & Vienne, F. & Espié, S., (2005) “Gaze Behavior During Simulated Driving: Elements for a Visual Driving Aid”, Driving Assessment Conference 3(2005), 304-310. doi:

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Published on
29 Jun 2005
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