Philosophical Doctor of Medical Science.
2008.4.1～ Professor (Shibaura Institute of Technology)
2008.9.1～ Affiliate Professor (Waseda University)
My research field covers Human Factors related to traffic safety issues. Recently, I focus on those associated with advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving technologies. In particular, my research is dedicated to designing a human machine interface (HMI) to preventing drivers’ behaviors from tending to rely unsafely on the assistance systems. I am also engaged in designing HMIs to promote drivers’ understanding on the function of those systems.
As the first step, experimental studies were conducted to verify if driving behaviors would change by using advanced driver assistance systems including lane keep assist systems (LKAS), blind spot detection systems (BSD), and collision mitigation brake systems (CMBS). The results indicate that with BSDs, drivers tend to rely on the assistance systems, leading to unsafe driving. Based on the results, further research is conducted to design an HMI system for drivers to keep their driving manner safe by using an appropriate BSDS as well as to propose an HMI measure to promote drivers to substantially understand the functions and limitations of the BSDS.
Human factor, Traffic safety, Human Machine Interface, Autonomous driving technology, Driver assistance system