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Human Factors Considerations in Commercial Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (HF in ADS)

The core mission of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce commercial motor vehicle (CMV) related crashes and fatalities. In carrying out its safety mission, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 504, 31108, 31133, 31136, 31502, and 49 CFR 1.73, FMCSA conducts research to identify and assess contributing factors associated with CMV crashes and performs analyses to identify effective countermeasures, including the use of advanced vehicle technologies.

To carry out these research studies, FMCSA maintains contracted support with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) to assess the risk of engaging in non-driving secondary tasks while operating a CMV equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving system (ADS) advanced safety technologies. Further, this study is used to develop training tools for the integration of advanced safety technologies within the trucking industry. The study uses a heavy vehicle simulator to evaluate the impact of secondary tasks, transfer of control, and training on driver behavior in CMVs equipped with ADAS or ADS in a sample of 100 CMV drivers. The simulator study consists of two 4-hour simulator study sessions completed at VTTI with a simulated Level 2 (L2) ADAS or Level 3 (L3) ADS. 
This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is being conducted to address the risks associated with VTTI collecting, processing, and maintaining Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from study participants on behalf of FMCSA. 

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Last updated: Monday, March 11, 2024