Translating Driving Research from Simulation to Interstate Driving with Realistic Traffic and Passenger Interactions

  • Jean M. VettelEmail author
  • Nina Lauharatanahirun
  • Nick Wasylyshyn
  • Heather Roy
  • Robert Fernandez
  • Nicole Cooper
  • Alexandra Paul
  • Matthew Brook O’Donnell
  • Tony Johnson
  • Jason Metcalfe
  • Emily B. Falk
  • Javier O. Garcia
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 780)


In this driving study, participants were assigned to a driver-passenger dyad and performed two drives along Interstate-95 in normal traffic conditions. During the driving session, the driver had to safely navigate the route while listening and discussing news stories that were relayed by the passenger. The driver then performed a set of memory tasks to evaluate how well they retained information from the discussion in a multitask context. We report preliminary analyses that examined subjective factors which may influence success in social communication, including trait and state similarity derived from questionnaires as well as physiological synchrony from implicit state measurements derived from brain activity data. Although this dataset is still in collection, these initial findings suggest potential metrics that capture the contextual complexity in naturalistic, multitask environments, providing a rich opportunity to study how successful communication reflects shared social and emotional experiences.


Interstate driving Social network structure State questionnaires EEG Neural synchrony Communication Individual differences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean M. Vettel
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Nina Lauharatanahirun
    • 1
    • 3
  • Nick Wasylyshyn
    • 1
    • 3
  • Heather Roy
    • 1
  • Robert Fernandez
    • 4
  • Nicole Cooper
    • 3
  • Alexandra Paul
    • 3
  • Matthew Brook O’Donnell
    • 3
  • Tony Johnson
    • 4
  • Jason Metcalfe
    • 1
  • Emily B. Falk
    • 3
  • Javier O. Garcia
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.US Army Research LaboratoryAdelphiUSA
  2. 2.University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA
  3. 3.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.DCS CorporationAlexandriaUSA

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