Conference Proceeding

Can Frequency Domain Heart Rate Measures Detect Impaired Driver Performance?

Authors
  • C Heinze (University of Applied Sciences, Schmalkalden, Germany)
  • S Schirmer (Institute for System Analysis & Applied Numeric (ISAAN), Germany)
  • U Trutschel (Institute for System Analysis & Applied Numeric (ISAAN), Germany)
  • B Sirois (Circadian, Stoneham, MA)
  • M Golz (University of Applied Sciences, Schmalkalden, Germany)
  • D Edwards (Caterpillar, Inc., Peoria, IL)

Abstract

An overnight driving simulation scenario with partial sleep deprivation was utilized to induce driver performance impairment. Heart rate (HR) was recorded over the entire experiment; frequency domain HR measures were derived and correlated to variation of lane deviation (VLD), a driving performance measure, and to the driver's state, which was estimated by the Karolinska Sleepiness Scale (KSS). The aim of this study is to evaluate whether frequency domain heart rate measures can be used to detect impaired driver performance as well as reduced driver state. We generalize the concept of the conventional frequency domain HR measures – namely the very-low frequency (VLF), low frequency (LF) band and high frequency (HF) band – into finer-grained frequency bands of 0.02 Hz width. These newly defined frequency bands show a more detailed correlation to driving performance and to driver sleepiness state, taking subjectspecific differences into account.

How to Cite:

Heinze, C. & Schirmer, S. & Trutschel, U. & Sirois, B. & Golz, M. & Edwards, D., (2013) “Can Frequency Domain Heart Rate Measures Detect Impaired Driver Performance?”, Driving Assessment Conference 7(2013), 390-396. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1517

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Published on
19 Jun 2013
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