Human behaviour in self-driving cars

Zelfrijdende auto

We investigate how well human drivers receive information in (semi) self-driving cars. The development of self-driving cars is booming, but most attention is spent on the technology. This is meant to make our lives safer, but history has shown that new technologies introduce new dangers as well. One of these dangers is that humans have to pay attention to the actions of the self-driving cars, but do not do this consistently well. Together with Rijkswaterstaat, we investigate the driver's behaviour under different circumstances.

Besides this research project, we also collaborate with Rijkswaterstaat in other fields where more knowledge about human behaviour is required. For instance, research into how safe bridges are.

Project: How do people handle critical signals in (semi-) autonomous cars?
Project Leader: Chris Janssen
Department: Experimental Psychology
In collaboration with: Rijkswaterstaat, Department of Water, Traffic and Environment
Financing: Rijkswaterstaat
Project duration: 4 years