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Real-Time Detection of Drowsiness Related Lane Departures Using Steering Wheel Angle

Document Number:N2012-009
Document Type:Conference paper
Author(s):Anthony McDonald
Chris Schwarz
John Lee
Timothy L. Brown
Publication / Venue Name:Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
Publication Date:2012-10-26
Abstract:Drowsy driving is a significant factor in many motor vehicle crashes in the United States and across the world. Efforts to reduce these crashes have developed numerous algorithms to detect both acute and chronic drowsiness. These algorithms employ behavioral and physiological data, and have used different machine learning techniques. This work proposes a new approach for detecting drowsiness related lane departures, which uses unfiltered steering wheel angle data and a random forest algorithm. Using a data set from the National Advanced Driving Simulator the algorithm was compared with a commonly used algorithm, PERCLOS and a simpler algorithm constructed from distribution parameters. The random forest algorithm had higher accuracy and Area Under the receiver operating characteristic Curve (AUC) than PERCLOS and had comparable positive predictive value. The results show that steering-angle can be used to predict drowsiness related lane-departures six seconds before they occur, and suggest that the random forest algo- rithm, when paired with an alert system, could significantly reduce vehicle crashes.
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