The field of human science involves the study of automotive issues as they relate to human beings. Automobiles are made for our convenience, and they are of no use until we are happy using them. With this in mind, we investigate the comfort, safety, and functionality of automobiles from four perspectives: design, the people who use them, traffic flow, and the environment. We consider what meaning automobiles hold for people and how automobiles should look and function today and in future.
Upon completion of these courses, students will be able to work as experts not only in the automotive industry, but also in government, public corporations, construction companies, consultancies, and think tanks, and deal with issues related to road design, administration, operations, and environmental and disaster–prevention planning.
The simulator offers a realistic driving environment that can be used to investigate driver behavior.Three DLP projectors with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 are used to project over 180 degrees driver field of view, a front and two sides screens measure to 3,600 (W) mm by 2,450 (H) mm. Three 60-inch monitors are used to present rear images for the driver’s rearview and both side mirrors. Software is our original program, which we can easily develop in accordance with our projects. Measures of driving performance are automatically recorded for analysis.
Useful field of view, which one can extract visual information in a brief glance without head or eye movement, is one of key abilities for driving a car. Limited useful field of view moving with eye movements technique gives new valuable findings on the driver’s cognition to surroundings. This simulator uses the same software as the larger one and can be extendable with multi-screen systems.
Our laboratory developed the estimation system of drivers’ behavior to select the appropriate intersection and direction to their destination. The map shows the scheduled route from Hakata station to the Kyushu University Ito campus. And the figure above map show the arrival rate of the driver who drives a schedule process for the first time based on a guide sign.
This picture shows the traffic flow at the merging point from 2-lane road section to 1-lane road section. At these points, drivers suffer psychological stress due to the frequent traffic jam and that causes the traffic accidents and complaints to the road condition. Our laboratory starts the research on the effective control method to avoid the large decrease the traffic capacity at these road sections.
|Faculty Members||Lab Location||Graduate Faculty||Education and Research Area|
|Prof. Kazunori Shidoji||Ito Campus||Faculty of Information Scienca and Electrical Engineering||Traffic psychology, traffic science, Kansei science|
|Assoc. Prof. Satoshi Toi||Ito Campus||Faculty of Engineering||Traffic planning, traffic engineering|