Conference Proceeding

Microsleep Episodes and Related Crashes During Overnight Driving Simulations

Authors
  • Martin Golz (University of Applied Sciences, Schmalkalden, Germany)
  • David Sommer (University of Applied Sciences, Schmalkalden, Germany)
  • Jarek Krajewski (University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany)
  • Udo Trutschel (Circadian Technologies, Inc., Stoneham, MA)
  • Dave Edwards (Caterpillar, Inc., Peoria, IL)

Abstract

Microsleep (MS) episodes and related crashes were studied in an overnight driving simulation study. A new definition of MS proposed recently was applied and the mean number as well as the mean length of MS was calculated. MS occurred much more frequently than crashes. Within all pre-crash intervals (length 1 minute) the percentage of MS was calculated. Results showed that there are numerous MS episodes before every crash. The mean length of MS was between 5 and 9 seconds and did not change significantly during the night. The mean MS percentage was high within pre-crash intervals (60-80%) and is a predictor for crashes.

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Golz, M. & Sommer, D. & Krajewski, J. & Trutschel, U. & Edwards, D., (2011) “Microsleep Episodes and Related Crashes During Overnight Driving Simulations”, Driving Assessment Conference 6(2011), 39-45. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1375

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Published on
28 Jun 2011
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