Presentation Title: The Psychology of Intelligent Vehicles and Traffic Safety

Abstract: Fatal injury from motor vehicle crashes is a worldwide public health issue. Psychology has a role in understanding crash factors to support the design of intelligent vehicle systems to improve traffic safety. Current vehicle systems include vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (VII) communication. The introduction of these systems fundamentally changes the nature of the driving task. Psychology must also consider the nature of these changes in terms of the effect on traffic safety. Key changes to be considered by psychology include (1) the potential for the increased information provided by V2V and VII to distract the driver, and (2) the potential for the automated functions of V2V and VII to decrease situation awareness, increase complacency, and motivate behavioral adaptation. This presentation discusses the role of applied and experimental psychology in the analysis, design, and evaluation of intelligent vehicle systems to improve traffic safety.

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