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Shannon Roberts
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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Training to Improve Situational Awareness Regarding Operational Design Domain in Driving Automation Systems

Though many believe that driving automation systems can properly function in all conditions or situations, all vehicles that are level 0 through 4 have a very specific operational design domain. When the driving automation system reaches the limit of its operational design domain, drivers may experience unexpected driving automation system behavior. Training programs that provide drivers with an experience of the system limitations and allow them to practice dealing with such limitations can prove effective as countermeasures to unexpected driving automation system behavior. The objective of this proposed research is to develop and test a training program that aims to improve situation awareness of the events which precede the point in time when a level 2 driving automation system has reached the edge of its operational design domain.