An empirical exploration of the impact of transition of control on situation awareness for potential hazards: an experiment about the hazard perception capabilities of drivers after interruption in a video-based scanning task

The Directorate-General of Highways, Waterways, and Water Systems (Rijkswaterstaat in Dutch) of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu (IenM in Dutch) has commissioned SWOV to conduct an experiment about transition of control in highly and fully automated vehicles from the perspective of the driver. Transition of control is the switch from (fully) automated driving to manual driving while in traffic. When drivers are driven in a (fully) automated vehicle and the system fails in the execution of the driving task, makes a mistake, or when drivers choose to drive the vehicle manually, drivers have to switch from automatic to manual mode. The study was intended to demonstrate the impact in highly controlled laboratory settings. The rationale for conducting a laboratory experiment was to control for as many confounding factors as possible without exposing participants to dangers in real traffic. As such, the results are an indication of the possible effects of transition of control on situation awareness in real traffic. However, the laboratory settings were too remote from real-life situations so that nothing can be concluded about the degree of impairment of situation awareness and its duration in real traffic on the basis of the results of this study.

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    SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research

    The Hague,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Vlakveld, W
    • Vissers, L
    • Hulleman, K
    • Van Nes, N
  • Publication Date: 2015


  • English

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  • Pagination: 30p
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    • Issue Number: R-2015-23

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  • Accession Number: 01599074
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 18 2016 9:28AM