Risk of Automated Driving: Implications on Safety and Productivity

Automated driving has been predicted to be transformational in improving safety and productivity on roads. However, there are several unknowns with regards to how drivers’ will interact with automated vehicles, especially at moments requiring manual resumption of vehicle control. This is a situation involving risk, and understanding the relationship of drivers’ attitudes and perception to this risk would significantly help inform insurance implications for drivers, vehicle designs and licensing for drivers.’

A key issue with automated driving at this stage of its development is that it is not yet 100% reliable and safe. When automated driving fails or is limited due to the inability of on-board computer algorithms to make a safe decision, drivers will be expected to resume manual driving. In order to study how drivers performed in response to failures in automation, we use paradigms of behavioral and experimental economics to show that risk 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 and age have a significant impact on these. We believe these findings will help provide guidance to insurance agencies, licensing, vehicle design, and policies around automated vehicles.

Driving Simulator Setup
Illustration of the simulated road network
Experiment protocol

Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001457519302015

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