Project

Safety during the transition to higher levels of automation

The increasing automation of the driving task changes the driver’s role inside the vehicle. This creates opportunities for road safety improvement, but it also brings new risks. It is important to anticipate these new risks and to obtain new knowledge about reducing these new risks in order to save road casualties.

Risk

A large risk that comes with increasing automation lies in the interaction of the driver with the new technology and the changing driving task because of the new technology. With this research SWOV can make a substantial and identifiable contribution to the improvement of road safety during the transition to higher levels of automation. Within this project, which was launched in 2016, SWOV performs two studies: S17.04-a Mental task load and S17.04-bTransition of control. In 2017, the European Naturalistic Driving study UDRIVE will be completed. Within this EU project SWOV focuses on the analysis of bicycle-truck encounters and the behaviour of motorcyclists. The final results of the UDRIVE project will be presented at the UDRIVE Experience om 7 June 2017 in the Hague.

Result

With its research SWOV wants to make a substantial and identifiable contribution to the improvement of road safety during the transition to higher levels of automation task. The research leads to concrete recommendations for policy on automation of vehicles and for admitting or testing new systems on public roads. The knowledge can also be used by industry in the development of new systems.

Print this page

Project nr.

S17.04

Status

Active
Start date: 01 Jan 2017
End date: 31 Dec 2017