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Page updated April 19, 2010

 Test Vehicles

Vehicles in the UMTRI Fleet

The Driver Interface Group believes that both driving simulators and instrumented vehicles have their place in human factors studies. Driving simulators provide very consistent and well controlled test conditions year round, and can simulate situations too dangerous to examine on real roads. Driving on real road with test vehicles mimic real driving quite well, but not everything can be controlled or represented.

The test vehicle used varies with the project. UMTRI has several Nissan Altimas used in the Road Departure/Curve Warning Field Operational Test. Details are at: **link. In addition, there are several cars and trucks currently being used in field test that will probably be added to the fleet.


Driver Interface Q45

Most of the recent on road tests conducted by the Driver Interface Group have involved the use of a 2002 (check year) Infiniti Q45. This vehicle was originally purchased to duplicate a vehicle being used in Japan for a study of workload managers. Since then, it has been used in studies for Nissan of the Around View Monitor (in a study of parking), studies to explore replacing rear view mirrors with cameras, and other studies as well. For those studies, Nissan has provided considerable technical assistance in implementing the vehicle with cameras and computers to record data (e.g., throttle position, speed) on the CAN bus. A photo of the vehicle follows:




Driver Interface FX50

Most of the recent on road tests conducted by the Driver Interface Group have involved the use of a 2002 (check year) Infiniti Q45. This vehicle was originally purchased to duplicate a vehicle being used in Japan for a study of workload managers. Since then, it has been used in studies for Nissan of the Around View Monitor (in a study of parking), studies to explore replacing rear view mirrors with cameras, and other studies as well. For those studies, Nissan has provided considerable technical assistance in implementing the vehicle with cameras and computers to record data (e.g., throttle position, speed) on the CAN bus. A photo of the vehicle follows: