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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-12-0069
Project Name:   Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  March 16, 2012
End Date:  September 14, 2012
Contact Information
Last Name:  Philips
First Name:  Brian
Telephone:  202-493-3468
E-mail:  brian.philips@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Safety Research and Development
Team:   Human Factors Team [HRDS-30]
Program:   Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
Laboratory:   Human Factors Laboratory
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Congestion
Project Description:   The goal of this analytical project is to develop and evaluate research methods to assess drivers’ acceptance and behavior when using Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) based upon specific scenarios derived from the mobility service concept outlined here. Human factors testing in field experiments and driving simulators will likely be needed, but the research requirements and the approaches to address them are not yet known and should initially be defined in this project.
Goals:  
The objectives of this exploratory project are to:
 
(1) Define a small set of scenarios, based upon the base Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) concept of operations, that recognize differences in the way this concept can be realized. These scenarios will, in turn, identify a series of independent variables that, when compared to current conditions, provide a basis for describing driver behavior and other human factors issues associated with the concepts.
(2) Identify possible key drivers and other human factors issues that must be addressed in order to develop effective mobility services as outlined here.
(3) Frame the issues by creating specific research questions or hypotheses.
(4) Identify and describe, in detail, possible methods of answering these research questions.
(5) Outline specific requirements for human factors testing methods and equipment.
(6) Establish general requirements and estimate costs of additional resources needed at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center to conduct these tests.
(7) Identify other appropriate resources, including driving simulators and test tracks, that might be employed to conduct these studies, either initially or as a followup step.
 
The scope of this current study does not include testing, other than possibly to help determine the practicality of a testing approach, and relies instead on the published literature, existing models, and the experience and judgment of human factors specialists and engineers.
Test Methodology:   Perform an analytical project to develop and evaluate research methods to assess drivers’ acceptance and behavior when using Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) based upon specific scenarios derived from the mobility service concept developed in this project.
Expected Benefits:   This analytical project will develop and evaluate research methods to assess drivers’ acceptance and behavior when using Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control based on specific scenarios derived from the mobility service concept developed in this project.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Drivers
Cruise Control
Safety
Research
Human Factors
Vehicles
FHWA Disciplines:   Operations
Safety
Subject Areas:   Safety and Human Factors
Vehicles and Equipment
Research

 

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