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Trust and the use of adaptive cruise control: a study of a cut-in situation

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This paper analyses driver trust and performance when using adaptive cruise control (ACC) in a situation involving a truck cutting into the lane in front of the ACC-equipped vehicle. The study was carried out using a mini driving simulator and a simulated ACC whose reference speed and time headway (THW) were preset to 130 km/h and 1.5 s, respectively. Questionnaires were used to analyse driver trust. Two kinds of drivers emerge from the analysis of driver behaviour during the cut-in situation: drivers who reclaimed control from the ACC before the device began to regulate the THW with regard to the truck, and drivers who braked after the device had begun its regulation. The latter demonstrated a higher level of trust in the ACC device itself while the former had a higher level of trust in the cooperation with the device. These findings are discussed in terms of over-reliance and well-calibrated trust.

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Abbreviations

ACC:

Adaptive cruise control

CIS:

Cut-in situation

THW:

Time headway

ARCOS:

French acronym for the Driving Safety Research Program

INRETS:

French acronym for the National Institute for Transport and Safety Research

LAMIH:

French acronym for the Laboratory of Industrial and Human Automation, Mechanics and Computer Sciences

PERCOTEC:

French acronym for Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics

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Acknowledgements

This research was done within the framework of ARCOS with the financial support of the Ministries of Research, Transportation and Industry. We thank S. Espié (INRETS-MSIS) for the mini driving simulator; I. Aillerie (INRETS-CIR) for the scenario module, the 3D-imaging module and the data recorder module; M.-P. Pacaux-Lemoine and P. Simon (LAMIH-SHM) for their cooperation. We thank J.-M. Hoc (CNRS IRRCyN PsyCoTec) for his helpful comments.

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Rajaonah, B., Anceaux, F. & Vienne, F. Trust and the use of adaptive cruise control: a study of a cut-in situation. Cognition,Technology & Work 8, 146–155 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10111-006-0030-3

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