Category: Software

  • July 1st, 2021

Vehicle technology has progressed significantly over the past 20 years to the point where automated systems can now take on different aspects of a vehicle’s control. Because of their complexity, it is important that drivers understand their systems, their role and their function. Unfortunately, many studies have revealed that drivers have a poor understanding of […]

  • June 1st, 2021

This document describes the current test tools and capabilities established at NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) for researching the safety performance of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems (ADS) in a closed-course setting. This paper focuses on immediate and future needs for ADAS and ADS closed-course testing and the requirements […]

  • May 21st, 2021

In 2019, the Uniform Law Commission (the “ULC”) finished drafting the Uniform Automated Operation of Vehicles Act (the “Act”), which proposes uniform state legislation that would regulate the operation of automated motor vehicles.1 This report summarizes the key sections of the Act, identifies areas of legislation not addressed, and reviews the current automated vehicle regulation […]

  • May 4th, 2021

Fully autonomous vehicles, which would carry out many or all of their functions without the intervention of a driver, may someday bring sweeping social and economic changes and “lead to breakthrough gains in transportation safety.” Motor vehicle crashes caused an estimated 36,096 fatalities in 2019 and are estimated to have caused significantly more deaths in […]

  • April 8th, 2021

In the past several years, numerous studies have examined public attitudes, beliefs, and acceptance of automated vehicles (AVs) with mixed results. Some studies found participants had positive sentiments about AVs, while other studies found participants had neutral or even negative opinions about such vehicles. In several studies, even those participants who agreed that AVs would […]

  • March 2nd, 2021

Advocates of electric, shared, and automated vehicles (e-SAVs) envision a future in which people no longer need to drive their privately owned, petroleum-fueled vehicles. Instead, for daily travel they rely on fleets of electric, automated vehicles that offer travel services, including the option to share, or “pool,” rides with strangers. The design, deployment, and operation […]

  • February 23rd, 2021

Automated vehicles (AVs) promise to revolutionize driving safety. Driver models can aid in achieving this promise by providing a tool for designers to ensure safe interactions between human drivers and AVs. In this project, we performed a literature review to identify important factors for AV takeover safety and promising models to capture these factors. We […]