Trade-off between jerk and time headway as an indicator of driving style

Teemu Henrik Itkonen, Jami Joonas Olavi Pekkanen, Mikko Otto Tapio Lappi, Iisakki Kosonen, Tapio Luttinen, Kari Heikki Ilmari Summala

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Variation in longitudinal control in driving has been discussed in both traffic psychology and transportation engineering. Traffic psychologists have concerned themselves with “driving style”, a habitual form of behavior marked by it’s stability, and its basis in psychological traits. Those working in traffic microsimulation have searched for quantitative ways to represent different driver-car systems in car following models. There has been unfortunately little overlap or theoretical consistency between these literatures. Here, we investigated relationships between directly observable measures (time headway, acceleration and jerk) in a simulated driving task where the driving context, vehicle and environment were controlled. We found individual differences in the way a trade-off was made between close but jerky vs. far and smooth following behavior. We call these “intensive” and “calm” driving, and suggest this trade-off can serve as an indicator of a possible latent factor underlying driving style. We posit that pursuing such latent factors for driving style may have implications for modelling driver heterogeneity across various domains in traffic simulation.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0185856
JournalPLoS One
Issue number10
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6162 Cognitive science

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