Research at DRI

Human Factors at DRI means taking state of the art automotive engineering and adapting it through rigorous applied research for the everyday driver.   This includes measurement and analysis of driver behavior; including control and decision making, attentional workload, perception, the effect of impairment, physical and mental workload, and the issues of skill and training. DRI’s experience in such human factors studies has typically involved automobiles, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, other ground vehicles.


Tools & Methods

  • Operator-in-the-loop driving simulators (moving and fixed-base)
  • Laboratory studies
  • Actual vehicle at closed-course site
  • Over-the-Road
  • Risk-benefit assessment
  • Driver response and performance with ADAS, Automated, and Connected vehicles
  • Driver use of in-vehicle ITS devices and telematics
  • Vehicle control systems
  • Driver/vehicle anthropometry
  • Driver/vehicle response and performance assessment


  • Human factors evaluations of vehicles, or components or devices
  • Current product problem solving
  • Future product marketing evaluations and surveys
  • Technical support of the development of vehicle and device standards and guidelines
  • Technical consulting in product litigation activities


Minter Test Track

Located near Bakersfield CA, our private test track allows us to conduct studies that might not be appropriate for public roads.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Ensuring the wellbeing of all participants at DRI, our IRB is composed of professionals from various backgrounds.

Eye Tracking Technology

Our eye tracking technology allows us to find meaning in a driver or user’s focus of attention, helping to see what they are thinking.

Fixed-Base Driving Simulator

Motion-Base Driving Simulator

Soft Car 360 & Low Profile Robotic Vehicle (LPRV)

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