With the rise in usage of autonomous vehicles, human reaction time and manual take-over timing has become critical to avoid catastrophic events. It is crucial to investigate the synergy between human and partially automated driving. Thus, we can begin to address fundamental questions to understand the process of human-system integration. Our main research goal is to monitor, evaluate, and improve human performance and driving safety in partially automated driving. Specifically, I aim to address the following research questions:
1) How do different levels of driving automation impact human performance of manual take-over when humans are engaged in other, non-driving related tasks?
2) How do different levels of automation impact the driver’s physiology (e.g. induce stress, modify level of situational awareness, etc.), and how do they affect performance (e.g., take-over time, subjective measures, etc.)?