Förares tankar om framtida automatiserad bilkörning

Förares tankar om framtida automatiserad bilkörning: en fokusgruppstudie

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Johan G Karlsson

What is generally considered with automation in driving is the possibility for the driver to pass on driving tasks, or the complete driving, to the vehicle. But it can also be considered that the vehicle automatically will take over control in situations where the driver cannot cope. It is more or less unknown how drivers are reasoning about these future systems. Examples of questions the drivers might have about automation of driving are the reasons for introducing it and which drivers it should be made for. Focus group discussion was used as the method to reach a broad and rich description on this. Four discussions were carried out with a total of 28 participants. They were encouraged to think about the future (5-20 years) and the possibilities that automation might bring. First, the discussion focused on more general aspects of automated driving. Then, selected video clips on automation were shown and the participants discussed their reflections on these. Last, a questionnaire was used in order to catch thoughts and opinions on automated driving. Subjects in focus were mostly connected to whom the system was designed for and who could afford it. A great deal of the discussions were about different aspects on safety and security – if it would increase safe driving or not. A question raised was a concern that drivers will lose knowledge of driving and that education will be important. When it came to future vehicles it was not obvious that what you will see is the same kind of vehicles that you see today. Also, issues like responsibilities and legal matters were discussed. The focus group discussions also resulted in a long list of innovative ideas. When it came to full automation the participants were more positive to systems where the driver supervises the driving than the systems where the driver can attend to something else. In general, the participants were more positive to systems that already exist, than to the more advanced, future systems. If looking at main user needs it can be seen that some want to have automation when driving long and boring distances (e.g. for comfort reasons) while others want to have automation to help them cope with difficult driving situations (e.g. for safety reasons). Both these needs are probably necessary to fulfill in the future.

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