Today, highly automated driving functions are technically capable of controlling a vehicle independently. Under clearly defined and comparatively narrowly limited conditions, the driver can devote their attention to other activities. However, they must be “on standby” in order to be able to intervene manually in critical situations if necessary and thus disengage from the automation. The reasons for this are manifold and are being systematically monitored and analyzed in the U.S. state of California, for example. “The figures provide important indications of safety-threatening problem areas surrounding highly automated driving”, says DEKRA traffic psychologist Dr. Thomas Wagner, referring to the DEKRA Road Safety Report 2023 “Technology and People”, which – among other topics – deals in detail with the topic of disengagements.
- California: Many feel uncomfortable with automated maneuvers
- Disengagements more often triggered by humans
- Research gaps on takeover scenarios without prior warning