We have the appropriate facilities to analyse the processing of information, the behaviour, the expectations, the needs, the preferences and the motivations of different road users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers) in relation to the elements and systems of both vehicles and the road infrastructure.
We devise studies which are controlled from the preliminary phases of research, such as e.g. the design of interfaces of systems and devices in both vehicles and the infrastructure, until the assessment and analysis of these systems under absolutely controlled conditions.
In addition, we put road users in typical traffic situations in order to get to know and evaluate their perception of risk, their awareness of the situation, their emotions, their understanding of signs, and so on without them having to face any risks.
Driving simulator tests
We conduct tests with users in different environments, one of which is the driving simulator, which consists of a real vehicle and a series of front and rear screens on which images of a road and its surroundings are projected.
Its versatility when it comes to generating driving scenarios with different traffic conditions and infrastructure characteristics, the possibility of reproducing the same scenarios with different users, and, above all, the fact that the safety thereof is never jeopardised, are some of its advantages.
This tool allows us to evaluate the usability of a system in a vehicle and the effects it use has on driving, as well as the effects the different elements and characteristics of the road infrastructure have on the driver.
Tests in real traffic conditions with instrumented vehicles
Tests with users can be conducted under real traffic conditions starting from a preliminary selection of a route or specific driving environment such as e.g. a certain type of road or intersection.
In order to do so, we use real vehicles in which we have previously installed equipment for monitoring and recording different driving parameters (speed, reaction on the braking pedal and the accelerator, visual behaviour, etc.) according to the needs of each study.
The great advantage of this type of testing is that it provides real driving conditions on which to evaluate the usability and effects of using different systems, the behaviour of drivers in different driving situations, and so on.
Mobility and road safety plans for companies
We identify the travel patterns of workers as part of their companies, as well as those personality profiles more likely to be involved in traffic accidents.
In addition, we propose preventive measures for each identified profile by using different methodologies, such as e.g. the driving simulator for defensive driving skills training. Moreover, once a measure is implemented, we assess and monitor it in order to procure the greatest efficiency and prevent any adaptation in the behaviour of workers the former might have in preventing or mitigating work-related road accidents.
Human factor inspections
The human factor concept with regard to road infrastructure revolves around finding out how the characteristics of the road (design, presence of road elements, signage, shoulders, etc.) may properly or improperly affect the behaviour of drivers.
We have and use reliable and valid checklists that enable us to identify those road characteristics that have a negative and unwitting influence on the processing of information by drivers and, thus, on their behaviour.
From the results obtained from these checklists – which we usually apply at the so-called black spots, we implement countermeasures to reduce said negative influence and define recommendations for road design.