"A non-trivial simulation model has been developed which combines driver and vehicle dynamics with the roadway into one system. The model was successfully simulated on a portion of an existing roadway with the dynamic response and performance of the simulator being subjectively realistic. By implementing the idea of the interaction of variables, a much more detailed and representative response is obtained as compared to previous models based solely upon a single-factor-effect approach. By analyzing a simulated vehicle's velocity and trajectory, it is felt that an increase in driver "look ahead" distance or a decrease in vehicle velocity tends to improve simulation responses if a driver is understeering excessively; whereas, a decrease in driver "look ahead" distance corrects excessive driver oversteering. Moreover, the simulation responses seem to indicate that a driver's "look ahead" distance is possibly a function of road curvature and/or vehicle speed. As a result of this research, it is possible to conveniently test more complex driver-vehicle models. Also, this research allows an analyst to vary driver, vehicle, or roadway characteristics and measure the effects in terms of vehicle velocity and trajectory"--Abstract, page ii.
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
M.S. in Civil Engineering
University of Missouri--Rolla
viii, 75 pages
© 1973 Mark E. Jaeger, All rights reserved.
Thesis - Open Access
Motor vehicles -- Dynamics
Traffic flow -- Computer simulation
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Jaeger, Mark E., "Driver-vehicle-roadway interaction model" (1973). Masters Theses. 3485.