PROJECT TITLE

Examination of Operator State Monitoring and Operator Engagement as Strategies for Mitigating Human Factors Challenges Associated with Transfer-of-Control During Automated Driving

PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR

Anuj Pradhan, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist, Human Factors Group, U-M Transportation Research Institute

PROJECT DATES

May 2015 – April 2017

PROJECT TEAM

Shan Bao, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist, Human Factors Group, U-M Transportation Research Institute

C. Raymond Bingham, PhD
Research Professor, Psychiatry, School of Medicine; Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health; and head of the Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention Group, U-M Transportation Research Institute

John Sullivan, PhD
Associate Research Scientist, Head, Human Factors Group, U-M Transportation Research Institute

OBJECTIVES

This project has two broad objectives: To understand the role of in-vehicle operator state monitoring in the transfer of control between human operator and vehicle automation; and to examine driver engagement strategies and their effects on out-of-the-loop operators during automated driving.

APPROACH

A series of experimental studies will be conducted on an automated vehicle driving simulator with integrated driver monitoring capabilities to measure and analyze operator response to transfer of control at (NHTSA) Level 2 & 3 automation of (a) operator monitoring, and (b) operator engagement systems.

OUTCOME

The results from this project will contribute to the sparse scientific literature on the human factors of vehicle automation especially in the context of transfer-of-control and evaluate the effectiveness of in-vehicle operator state monitoring as a way to approach challenges of transfer of control. The evidence gathered can inform the integration of active-safety and collision mitigation systems with driver-state and infotainment systems while facilitating the ultimate goal of higher levels of automated driving.


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