The consequences of traffic-related accidents result in the German Social Accident Insurance Institutions paying out over €2 billion each year. The prevention of commuting accidents and accidents occurring during business and emergency response journeys is therefore a core topic for the IAG. A traffic simulation facility with complex simulation capability offers considerable scope for use in this area. With its realistic, interactive simulation of traffic situations, the traffic simulator enables factors influencing human driving behaviour and interaction between drivers and other road users to be demonstrated highly effectively.
The traffic simulator was used most recently in research in order to study the time required for the driver to take control of the vehicle during highly automated driving. Programming interfaces enable new driver assistance systems to intervene in the simulator vehicle's steering and braking and in visualization. Finally, the driver's attention behaviour can be recorded by means of an eye tracker, and analysed.
In seminars for drivers of emergency vehicles, simulators are particularly suitable for enabling critical traffic situations to be experienced safely and analysed and discussed whilst the experience is still fresh in the mind.
At the one-day training courses, driving strategies are developed from an initial driving session in the simulator and the theory blocks of law, decision-making behaviour, driving physics, human information processing and hazard perception. The participants are then able to apply and experience these strategies in practice in a second driving session in the simulator.
The Traffic safety section of the IAG provides advice to the German Social Accident Insurance Institutions on methodical, educational and technical implementation of the simulator-based training courses developed by the institute. The institute works closely with the German Road Safety Council (DVR) for this purpose.
Conferences and congresses organized by the IAG in conjunction with the DVR, the statutory accident insurance institutions and further partners are aimed at researchers, disseminators and management personnel. At the "Training Technology for Drivers" conference, held every three years at the IAG, experts discuss subjects such as the use of technology-based training systems in the initial and further training of professional drivers.
Dr. Jürgen Wiegand
Tel. +49 30 13001-2220