Drive-by-wire: the case of mental workload and the ability of the driver to reclaim control

Stanton, N.A., Young, M.S. and McCaulder, B. (1997) Drive-by-wire: the case of mental workload and the ability of the driver to reclaim control. Safety Science, 27, (2-3), 149-159. (doi:10.1016/S0925-7535(97)00054-4).


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Vehicle automation is highly likely to be in service by the end of this century. Whilst there are undoubtedly some benefits associated with such systems, there are some concerns also. This paper presents work in progress on the Southampton Driver Simulator on driver workload and the driver's ability to reclaim control from the Adaptive Cruise Control system in a malignant scenario. Previous studies suggest that there may be some cause for concern. This study shows a reduction in mental workload, within a secondary task paradigm, associated with operating Adaptive Cruise Control. This finding is contrary to previous research into Adaptive Cruise Control. Further, in line with other research, this study shows that a third of the participants were unsuccessful in reclaiming control of the vehicle before a collision occurred. We suggest that more research and development effort needs to be spent on looking at the communication between Adaptive Cruise Control and the driver.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S0925-7535(97)00054-4
ISSNs: 0925-7535 (print)
Keywords: automation, workload, driving, adaptive cruise control, collisions, human factors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 74177
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 1997Published
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:07

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