An average car today is equipped with over 4,000 sensors that collect internal and external data that make the car run. Now, for the first time, researchers at MIT, in collaboration with Volkswagen Group of America Electronic Research Lab, have used this data for another purpose: to analyze driver behavior and the urban environment. The results of their research are published in the Proceedings of the IEEE listed below, and could help reduce car accidents, alleviate driver stress, and provide us with a better sense of how drivers interact with their environment.
Over the past few years, cars have been transformed from the kinds of mechanical systems Henry Ford might have imagined into veritable computers on wheels, filled with thousands of sensors. We asked the question: what could we extract from this wealth of information? Could we use it to better understand how drivers make decisions, and to improve overall safety on the roads and in our cities?