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Michael A. Knodler, Jr., Ph.D
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Civil Engineering

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Minimum time to situational awareness during transfer of control under varying levels of task load

Technology advancements in the past two decades have made the human-vehicle connection stronger than ever. Since 2009 there has been a boom in the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) as an increasing number of manufacturers have begun to see immense potential in this area of AI. While the private sector is racing forward with the development of autonomous features, there is a need to understand how the human driver will interface with these features before Level 5 automation is finally achieved.
The objective of this study is to determine how varying task loads impact situational awareness during transfer of control scenarios. This objective will be carried out through a driving simulator study where 60 participants will be subjected to varying task loads and varying transfer of control scenarios.