Risk of Automated Driving: Implications on Safety Acceptability and Productivity

Autonomous Vehicles have captured the imagination of our society and have promised a future of safe and efficient mobility. However, there is a need to understand behaviour and its consequences in the use of autonomous vehicles. Using paradigms of behavioural and experimental economics, the authors show that risk perceptions and attitudes play a role in acceptability of autonomous vehicles, productivity in autonomous vehicles and safety under risk of failures of autonomous systems. We found that risk attitudes, perception and age have a significant impact on these. The authors also find that risk attitudes and risk perceptions of autonomous vehicles are correlated, which provide evidence for the risk homeostasis theory in an autonomous vehicle context. They believe these findings will help provide guidance to insurance agencies, licensing, vehicle design, and policies around automated vehicles.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AND10 Standing Committee on Vehicle User Characteristics.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Dixit, Vinayak
    • Xiong, Zhitao
    • Jian, Sisi
    • Saxena, Neeraj
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01697913
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-02104
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:41AM