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Human Factors of Automated Driving

Objective

Road transport is an essential part of society but the burden of traffic crashes, congestion, and pollution is enormous. Highly automated driving (HAD) has the potential to resolve these problems and major car makers foresee that HAD will be technically ready for commercialisation within one decade from now. However, industry is ill-prepared to deal with imminent human-error and legal consequences. This ITN will answer crucial human-factors questions, such as: how should human-machine-interfaces (HMI) be designed to support transitions between automated and manual control?, how can the automation understand the driver’s state and intentions? what are the effects of HAD on accident risk and transport efficiency?, and who is legally responsible for accidents?

Current human-factors expertise of HAD is scattered across disciplines (psychologists vs. engineers) and sectors (academia vs. industry) calling for a multidisciplinary approach. This ITN will train 14 young researchers in HMI design, behavioural research, driver modelling, and traffic flow theory, mentored by leading human-factors scientists in Europe. Through secondments in automotive industry, road safety institutes, and academia, the researchers will gain transferable knowledge of human factors, technology and legal and marketing aspects of HAD.

The ITN will investigate human behaviour in HAD using extensive driving simulator studies with a newly developed driver state monitor. A multimodal human-machine interface (HMI) will be developed supporting the driver in HAD and in transitions between automated and manual driving. Driver cognition and behaviour will be captured in mathematical driver and traffic flow models. Using this methodology we will predict benefits of HAD in terms of enhanced safety, traffic efficiency and eco-driving before system introduction. Taking into account, legal, human and technical requirements a roadmap for market introduction of HAD will be proposed.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 270 464,58
Administrative Contact
Lily Tunggal (Ms.)

Participants (6)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 512 337,76
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maja Probst (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 638 313,28
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yan Qiao (Mrs.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 294 025,16
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jonas Lindqvist (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 270 961,46
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jacoba Van Houten-Vos (Ms.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L'AMENAGEMENT ET DES RESEAUX
France
EU contribution
€ 290 048,66
Address
Boulevard Isaac Newton 14 Cite Descartes 14-20
77447 Marne La Vallee Cedex 2
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fabienne Molinari (Mrs.)
STATENS VAG- OCH TRANSPORTFORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 588 050,32
Address
Olaus Magnus Vaeg 35
58195 Linkoeping
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Andersson (Dr.)