Conference Proceeding

Assessing Driver Behavioral Adaptation to a Rural Intersection Driver Support 

  • Michael Manser (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN)
  • Janet Creaser (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN)


Driver support systems have the potential to improve driving safety. However, most research only evaluates initial performance with the system and does not evaluate continued adaptation to the system to determine if the benefit continues or is negated by unintended use of the system. The efficacy of a previously evaluated rural intersection driver support system was examined in a simulated driving environment relative to system introduction, continued use, and potential positive transfer/carry over effects. Participants drove through a simulated rural intersection twelve times each day for a week with an intersection decision support system turned off during days one and five and turned on days two, three, and four. This experimental design allowed for an examination of the efficacy of the driver support system upon initial introduction, after continued use, and whether there were any carry-over effects. Results indicated drivers benefited from the rural intersection driver support system and that the benefit continued as exposure to the system continued. In addition, drivers continued to benefit from system use even after the system was no longer available. Results are discussed in terms of driver performance while using the system.

How to Cite:

Manser, M. & Creaser, J., (2011) “Assessing Driver Behavioral Adaptation to a Rural Intersection Driver Support 
System”, Driving Assessment Conference 6(2011), 10-16. doi:

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Published on
28 Jun 2011
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