Interactive Simulation for Modeling Dynamic Driver Behavior in Response to ATIS

by Jeffrey L. Adler, Univ of California Irvine, Irvine, United States,
Michael G. McNally, Univ of California Irvine, Irvine, United States,
Wilfred W. Recker, Univ of California Irvine, Irvine, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


It has been contended that in-laboratory experimentation with interactive microcomputer simulation can substitute for the lack of real-world applications and provide a useful approach to data collection and driver behavior analysis. With the rapid development but limited real-world deployment of Advanced Traveler Information Systems, interactive simulation has quickly grown in popularity among researchers studying dynamic driver behavior. This paper discusses the development and implementation of FASTCARS (Freeway and Arterial Street Traffic Conflict Arousal and Resolution Simulator), an interactive microcomputer-based animated simulator designed for in-laboratory experimentation to assist in the estimation and calibration of predictive models of driver behavior under the influence of real-time information.

Subject Headings: Dynamic models | Driver behavior | Computer models | Traffic models | Simulation models | Travel patterns | Information systems | Computer analysis

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