Drivers may need behavioural training to cope with autonomous vehicles

Researchers from the University’s Human Factors Research Group studied two groups of experienced drivers in a high-fidelity driving simulator to observe their behaviour while ‘driving’ a car with level 3 automation.

The study found that drivers who received behavioural training were more measured in their behaviour and better understood the car’s capabilities and limitations.

They were also significantly more likely to notice a potential hazard during the transition from automated to manual driving, made more measured decisions in lane-change manoeuvres shortly after taking back manual control, and checked their mirrors more frequently, even while the car was driving autonomously.

Emily Shaw, lead author, said: “To date, driver training for automated vehicles is no different to that provided for manual vehicles.