Title: Vehicle evaluation by measuring physiological reactions: using the HRV index

Authors: Y. Noguchi

Addresses: Isuzu Advanced Engineering Center Ltd., 8 Tsuchidana, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 252, Japan

Abstract: A method to measure a driver|s mental and physical load directly has been considered as an effective tool for the development of a comfortable and safe vehicle, and attempts have been made to use various physiological reactions as objects. This paper reports on one method which uses |Heart Rate Variability (HRV)|. Reasons for using HRV have already been reported by some research institutes. In this study, the method of calculating HRV has been improved for use in the analysis of a driver|s heartbeat during driving, and the potential of HRV as a tool to quantify a driver|s tension and fatigue has been confirmed experimentally.

Keywords: driver comfort; driver fatigue; heart rate variability; human engineering; driver tension; vehicle evaluation; vehicle safety; mental load; physical load; driver heartbeat.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.1997.054595

International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems, 1997 Vol.4 No.2/3/4, pp.323 - 339

Published online: 18 Jun 2013 *

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