Minimum time to situational awareness during transfer of control under varying levels of task load

Technology advancements in the past two decades have made the human-vehicle connection stronger than ever. Since 2009 there has been a boom in the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) as an increasing number of manufacturers have begun to see immense potential in this area of AI. While the private sector is racing forward with the development of autonomous features, there is a need to understand how the human driver will interface with these features before Level 5 automation is finally achieved. The objective of this study is to determine how varying task loads impact situational awareness during transfer of control scenarios. This objective will be carried out through a driving simulator study where 60 participants will be subjected to varying task loads and varying transfer of control scenarios.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $35000
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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:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    National Advanced Driving Simulator, 2401 Oakdale Blvd
    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242-5003
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Massachusetts Transportation Center

    University of Massachusetts
    Amherst, MA  United States  01003
  • Principal Investigators:

    Knodler, Michael

  • Start Date: 20180601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01664796
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SaferSim)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747131
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2018 4:28PM