Journal article

The perils of perfect performance; considering the effects of introducing autonomous vehicles on rates of car vs cyclist conflict

Jason Thompson, Gemma Read, Jasper Wijnands, Paul M Salmon

Ergonomics: an international journal of research and practice in human factors and ergonomics | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2020

Abstract

How humans will adapt and respond to the introduction of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is uncertain. This study used an agent-based model to explore how AVs, human-operated vehicles, and cyclists might interact based on the introduction of flawlessly performing AVs. Under two separate experimental conditions, results of experiment 1 showed that, despite no conflicts occurring between cyclists and AVs, modelled conflicts among human-operated cars and cyclists increased with the introduction of AVs due to cyclists’ adjusted expectations of the behaviour and capability of human-operated and autonomous cars. Similarly, when human-operated cars were replaced with AVs over time in experiment 2, cyclis..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award


Awarded by ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award


Awarded by ARC Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

Funding Gemma Read's contribution to this research was funded through her Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE180101449). Jason Thompson's contribution was funded through his ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE180101411). Paul Salmon's contribution was funded through his ARC Future Fellowship (FT140100681).