Traffic Safety

When it Comes to Driving Assistance Technology, Familiarity Breeds Understanding

AAA Research Examines Driver Behavior While Using Adaptive Cruise Control

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2023)—The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a new report on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which support drivers with some driving tasks. However, drivers may lack appropriate knowledge about ADAS (referred to as their mental model), which can translate to misusing or mistrusting the technologies, especially in situations beyond the capability of the system (i.e., edge cases). Past research suggests that mental models may be improved through exposure to ADAS-related driving situations. This Foundation project examines the impact of different numbers and types of edge-case events on drivers’ understanding of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), their trust, their workload, and their use of the systems after driving with ACC. The technical report and fact sheet can be found HERE.

About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Established in 1947 by AAA, the Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit, publicly funded 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by researching their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research informs the development of educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other road users.

About AAA

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