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STATUS: Complete YEAR: 2017 TOPIC AREA: Connected and autonomous systems Public transit, land use, and urban mobility CENTER: PSR

Evaluation of Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Technologies for Their Impact on Traffic Safety and Traffic Congestion

Project Summary

Funding source: Caltrans
Funding amount: $105,000
Contract number: 65A0674 TO 006
Start and end dates: February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020

Project description

Over the next several decades, highly automated driving systems (HADS) will become increasingly common on our roads, greatly reducing traffic accidents and road congestion. However, for the foreseeable future, the human driver will be required to take control when automation fails. Therefore, it is critical to understand how take-overs from HADS affect driver performance and whether driver take-over performance will affect crash rates rate and related issues of congestion. We review extant research on driver take-over performance, identifying key factors influencing driver performance. We then develop a virtual-reality driving simulator designed to evaluate specific differences in driver performance during take-overs from HADS versus current full-manual driving. In a study using this simulator, we find no clear difference in driver performance during obstacle avoidance maneuvers and identify several benefits that HAD take-overs provide to driver performance.

Link to project datahttps://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/BWCCET 

 

P.I. NAME & ADDRESS

James Miles
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
United States
[email protected]

CO-P.I.

Thomas Strybel
Professor, Department of Psychology
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
United States
[email protected]