Workshop: Naturalistic Driving

Naturalistic Driving Workshop

Research questions

How does the naturalistic driving methodology compare to driving simulator studies? What naturalistic driving data is already out there and is there a way to access it? What should I know before setting up my own naturalistic driving study?

These questions and more will be addressed in this RSS17 workshop on Naturalistic Driving.

Introduction to Naturalistic Data

We will start with an introduction to the Naturalistic Driving methodology as a unique approach to collecting data in general, followed by an overview of previous and ongoing Naturalistic Driving studies around the globe (which data is collected where and is it accessible?).

Next, we discuss the value of Naturalistic Driving observation compared to other methods, such as driving simulator research.

Interactive session on UDRIVE data and tools

After this general and global introduction to Naturalistic Driving, we will introduce you to the UDRIVE project in particular. Within the UDRIVE project, data is collected for three vehicle types, trucks, cars and scooters, in six European countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom. The very rich continuous data collected is includes GPS, speed data, CAN data, smart camera data, and multiple video views (5 for PTWs, 7 for cars and 8 for trucks). This allows us to observe all kinds of driver behaviors under natural conditions.

In an interactive session you will learn about the possibilities of the UDRIVE data. We will present you the details about the study design, the sample, and the data collected. We will present the data, the tools to access the data and explain how you could access it yourself. We will illustrate the research possibilities based on the analyses performed on the UDRIVE data in the areas of: driver distraction, interactions with vulnerable road users, everyday driving behaviour, crash causation factors, and eco-driving.

Lessons learned

Last but not least, we will share our lessons learned in setting up and running a Naturalistic Driving study. If you are interested in setting up a naturalistic driving study in the future, you could take advantage of our experience.

What´s in it for me

Altogether this workshop is an opportunity to gain understanding of Naturalistic Driving in general, the UDRIVE project in particular, and most important: the value of this method and the data available for your own research!


Dr. ir. Nicole van Nes is Senior Project Manager at the SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research. Nicole is responsible for the research on safety in the transition to higher levels of automation of the traffic system. Nicole initiated and developed long term research vision for safety opportunities and challenges in the transition towards higher levels of traffic automation. Nicole collaborates with national and international leading institutes in research and industry. Nicole is project coordinator of the large scale European Naturalistic Driving project UDRIVE (10M€, 19 partners). This project collects unique data to observe driver behavior unobtrusively in a natural conditions in real traffic. Nicole has also been involved in the European Naturalistic Driving projects Prologue and Interaction. In 2016 Nicole was seconded to ARRB in Sydney for 3 months to contributed to the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI). In 2008 and 2009, Nicole was guest researcher for a year at Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Melbourne, Australia. Nicole is Member of the Board of HUMANIST Network of excellence, a network of over 20 partners from research and industry across Europe on Human Centred Design for Information Society Technology.