Human Factors of Driving Automation: Surprise Event Response Evaluation

Level 3 automation is the first automation level that turns over supervising the driving task to the vehicle. The extent that this capability will be wanted and used by drivers is likely driven at least in part by driver’s ability and desire to do non-driving tasks for extended periods of time. This project will be an extension of previous Ford and VTTI collaborations to assess driver’s response during a surprise event. A test platform, based on 2019 Edge and built as part of a previous collaboration, will be used to effectively provide drivers with a level 3 automation driving experience on a real-freeway at highway speeds.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $2,050,000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • 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 (Safe-D)

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

    Glenn, Eric

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hankey, Jon

  • Start Date: 20210105
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230205
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01762840
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center (Safe-D)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747115
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 27 2021 10:26AM