Mason Transportation Institute

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Our driving simulation facilities include a high-fidelity, motion-based simulator, and several lower fidelity desktop simulators for rapid-prototyping. The motion-based simulator is equipped with a digital dashboard, a touch screen ancillary display console for examining new visual interfaces, and two custom designed seat pans for presenting vibrotactile signals.

Our research funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is primarily aimed at assessing driver behaviors to establish human factors guidelines for the driver-vehicle interface for Human Factors for Connected Vehicles and Crash Warnings Interface Metrics.  Additionally, we conduct funded research projects through the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) examining vibrotactile signals for navigational guidance and for developing neurophysiologically-based indices of driver workload and fatigue.