This volume contains contributions illuminating much of the current research occurring in the area of visual perception. It encompasses all aspects of vision and its relationship to vehicle design, including both the internal and external design of the vehicle as well as the perceptual and cognitive limitations of the vehicle controller.
Issues specifically related to the vision of the driver are initially addressed and the problems of vehicle glazing and light transmission are considered. The major topics of visual perception and vehicle control are covered in three related chapters encompassing: collision avoidance, vehicle signalling systems and the acquisition of visual information. Moving on to the external environment and its relationship to vision, traffic signs are discussed. Approaches to the measurement and modelling of driver behaviour are dealt with and the area of telerobotic control of vehicles is considered. In-vehicle displays are covered in two related chapters addressing issues of visual workload and effects of display type.
It is hoped that the book, contributed to by experts from a diverse range of disciplines, including optometrists, psychologists, physiologists, human factors specialists and engineers, will stimulate the progression of research in this area, as effectively as the preceding volumes did.
It has been acknowledged that the applications of Articulated Steer vehicles (ASVs) result in some problems, such as rollover, jackknifing and snaking. In this book, for a typical ASV, a comprehensive study of the causes of the snaking, and of the effects of the vehicle parameters and operating conditions on the stability is presented. Furthermore, to stabilize the vehicle during its most critical driving conditions, some studies are directed towards designing different types of active stability control systems. The subject of this book fits well into the scope of Vehicle Dynamics and Control. The main interest of this work is in the development of elegant design procedures where advanced control theory results are combined with established vehicle dynamic modeling techniques, to come up with appropriate vehicle stability controllers. The contents of this book can be used as a guide to solving the development problems of all kinds of road vehicles in the areas of stability and control. More specifically, this book can significantly assist professionals of various industries and academia in the field of articulated vehicle design, in finding proper solutions to the stability problems.