About this Research Topic
The aim of this Research Topic is to bring together interdisciplinary Human Factors research on trust in automated driving technology – from features already present in commercially available vehicles, through to the new technologies required for SAE Level 5 systems. This Research Topic will prioritize original research and literature reviews that expand on what is already known and tackle aspects of trust that have not been adequately addressed in the literature. For example, research on methods to measure trust in real-life situations, longitudinal studies of trust over extended periods of time, studies of the key factors affecting trust and vehicle design, and policy solutions addressing critical issues. Individual articles may focus on specific trust layers (e.g. dispositional, situational, learned trust), different categories of road users (e.g. drivers, pedestrians), in vehicles with levels of automation ranging from SAE Level 2 to SAE level 5. Novel hypothesis and methodological approaches are particularly welcome. Overall, the Research Topic should provide valuable input for the development of future applications, better policies, better human-machine interfaces, and safer roads.
We are interested in original on-road and simulator studies, and research reviews addressing key issues of trust in automated vehicles. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- What is trust in automated vehicles. How can we define it and how does it differ from interpersonal trust?
- How can trust be reliably (and continuously) measured?
- How does trust evolve over time?
- How do situational (e.g. road type, weather) and dispositional (e.g. personality, age) factors affect trust in automated vehicles?
- Trust calibration and its impact on safety and system usage.
- Vehicle design features (e.g. HMIs) impacting trust.
- Other measures impacting trust (e.g. road design, signage).
- Other applications and aspects of trust in automated vehicles not mentioned above.
- Novel concepts, methods and hypothesis related to trust in automated vehicles.
Guest editors Dr. Hergeth and Dr. Forster are currently employed by the BMW Group. The remaining editors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
Keywords: Acceptance, trust, trust in automation, automated driving, self-driving, human factors, trust calibration, situational trust, learned trust, dispositional trust
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