Driver Training for Automated Vehicle Technology

The goal of the current work is to develop training protocol guidelines that can be used by automated vehicle trainers to optimize overall system use and transportation safety. This will be accomplished by first developing a taxonomy of the knowledge and skills required to operate National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) L2 and L3 automated vehicles. Two human subjects-based evaluations of ‘human factors’ issues relative to automation and training will then be conducted using the taxonomy to inform the selection of study variables. The first study will compare three training programs on knowledge and driving skill for NHTSA level 2 and 3 automation in both low and high-risk driving scenarios in a driving simulation environment. Based on these results, an ‘in situ’ training program will be developed and tested on the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) Smart Road, to assess whether drivers can be trained to use L2 and L3 systems while driving these vehicles.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $435386
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24060
  • Project Managers:

    Harwood, Leslie

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061

    San Diego State University

    5500 Campanile Dr
    San Diego, CA  United States  92182
  • Principal Investigators:

    Manser, Michael

  • Start Date: 20170501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01632142
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747115
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2017 12:21PM