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Behaviour, needs and wants of automated vehicle users

Vehicles in a wide variety of transport modes are increasingly networked, cooperative and automated. This raises a number of questions regarding the role of the "driver" (or operator, pilot, captain) of the respective means of transport (cars, trucks, motorcycles, trains, ships, airplanes, etc.). The interaction between man and machine is becoming increasingly complex - in an environment characterized by a high degree of information and data exchange as well as increasing automation of systems and processes.

However, developments in recent years have focused primarily on "hard" technological advances and the maturity of technology-driven transport/mobility concepts, which marginalised the "soft" human component in this development and did not take it sufficiently into account. The challenge therefore lies in a number of interlinked issues: From public acceptance of connectivity and automation (e.g. data protection, human factor) to the development of user-friendly human-machine interfaces (HMI), driver/vehicle interaction and ethical decision making to driver training and certification for new technologies and levels of automation.

A particular challenge in the use of connectivity and automation in transport remains the lack of a detailed, evidence-based assessment of actual "driver" behaviour in networked and highly automated or autonomous vehicles, taking into account gender, age and driving ability, with and without the support of intermodal cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS), under different applications (including technical failure) and in a range of operating environments (e.g. urban, rural, etc.)..

The aim of the Drive2theFuture project is to prepare future "drivers" and travellers for networked, cooperative and automated means of transport and to increase acceptance accordingly. On the other hand, the manufacturers of these new technologies should be supported in understanding and ultimately fulfilling people's needs and wishes.

Therefore, Drive2theFuture tests and compares a number of different networked, collaborative and automated transport applications and HMIs for different modes and with all types of users. The aim is to simulate, regulate and optimise the sustainable market introduction of these applications, including social awareness, increased acceptance and user training.

The AIT will contribute its experience from the auto.bus - Seestadt project and continue the work carried out there.


Project partners

The Centre for Research & Technology, Hellas (CERTH)
VTI (Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute)
Transportøkonomisk institutt Oslo (TOI)
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
Frauenhofer FhG/IAO
Freie Universität Brüssel (VUB)
TU München (TUM)
European Rail Research Network of Excellence (EURNEX)
University of Deusto (DEUSTO)
HUMANIST (Association of research organisations)
Osborne Clarke Lawyers (OC)
Forschungszentrum Informatik Karlsruhe (FZI)
World Road Transport Organisation (IRU)
EU Marine University Association (WEGEMT)
Università degli Studi di Roma la Sapienzia
Union Internationale des Transports Publics (UITP)
Fondation Partenarial MOV'EOTE
Piaggio & C. SpA
Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)
Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)
Polski Związek Motorowy (PZM)
Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG
Technische Universität Berlin
Tuco Yacht Værft Aps
Infili Technologies Private Company (INFILI)
Stelar Security Technology Law Research UG
Automobil Club Asistencia S.a.
Vias Institute