Research Key AV safety issues for Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO)

This research is identifying key human factors safety issues associated level 2 and level 3 TSMO use cases, e.g., basic traveling (reoccurring congestion), work zones, weather, and Traffic Information Management (TIM). Four studies are being developed and executed based on the identification and prioritization of these key automation human factors safety issues. Potential human factors issues may involve driver engagement / disengagement, transfer of control, or other human performance, DVI (driver vehicle interface) interaction related issues that could impact safety. Results will be focused on helping to develop recommendations, guidelines, and/or standards related to design of cooperative automation of roadways and vehicles. The current ongoing study is exploring the potential for V2V communication to safely speed up drivers' response times to emergency vehicles in a TIM Use Case. The remaining 3 potential studies will examine the following; merging behavior, gap acceptance, and human factors issues when drivers are supported by SAE level 2 or 3 automation and cooperative merging technology, benefits of using V2I or specialized road signs to support automation technology performance and human-automation interaction in work zones, and driver trust in and interactions with SAE level 2 or 3 automation technology when following vehicles in a mixed fleet of traffic in adverse weather conditions.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • USDOT Research Hub DisplayID 157762


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $648294
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Intelligent Transportation Systems - Joint Program Office

  • Managing Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Mclean, VA  United States  22101
  • Project Managers:

    Arnold, Michelle

  • Start Date: 20200106
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230115
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Automation
  • Subprogram: Performance-Based Safety Rules

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01864197
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2022 11:56AM