Maintaining Situational Awareness when Operating Automated Vehicles: Findings from Other Modes

This project will produce a report in which each chapter contains a comprehensive systematic literature review that summarizes, evaluates, and synthesizes research published since 1975 on topics related to maintaining operator engagement in automated systems; primarily transportation systems. The primary objective of this project is to understand the current state of knowledge regarding driver/operator engagement with motor vehicles within the context of other highly automated systems in other transportation modes, such as rail and aviation. The planned activities will include a synthesis of the existing research literature regarding methods to enhance driver/operator knowledge of and engagement with automated systems with an emphasis on research that evaluates the effectiveness of various approaches for helping maintain situational awareness. The synthesis will include research on engagement across a variety of transportation modes and potentially other automated systems (e.g., power plants). The synthesis will identify technologies currently being used as well as near-term solutions. Finally, the project will convene a panel of subject matter experts from other modes within the USDOT to provide further insights regarding the current state of knowledge. This work will help identify research gaps and needs from the behavioral perspective, and it will provide interested stakeholders with new and innovative ideas from other transportation modes.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $449740
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590

      Office of Behavioral Safety Research

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, District of Columbia  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Sifrit, Kathy

    • Performing Organizations:

      TransAnalytics, LLC

      336 West Broad Street
      Quakertown, PA  United States  18951
    • Principal Investigators:

      Sifrit, Kathy

    • Start Date: 20200924
    • Expected Completion Date: 20241231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01756341
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: 693JJ920F000187, DTNH2216D00022
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Oct 28 2020 4:17PM