• December 4th, 2023

New and sophisticated vehicle technology is beginning to change the nature of driving, assuming tasks that were previously part of the driver’s responsibility. Past research has documented critical gaps in drivers’ understanding of these technologies and related safety implications. However, less is known about how understanding of new technology varies across the driving population.

Moreover, the emergence of a troubling group of drivers—those with poor or limited knowledge of vehicle technology but think that their understanding is accurate—begs further research. This technical report summarizes a survey study examining how the understanding of advanced driver assistance systems varies as a function of driver demographics and other experiences. Also, the report endeavors to shed insight into the highly confident but less knowledgeable sub-group of drivers. The results should be informative to researchers, the automobile industry, and government entities.

Read the full study here.