Advances in Human Factors and Systems Interaction: Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, July 24-28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA
Chapter: Automated vehicles and schools: An analysis of deployment issues
Author(s): Clamann, Michael
Editors: Nunes, Isabel L.
Collection title: Advances in intelligent systems and computing
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication Date: 2020
Abstract: School zones are dynamic environments with regulations for motor vehicles and pedestrians that vary by locality. It is critical that drivers follow local rules to ensure the safety of children entering and leaving the school zone. This combination of a dynamic environment and critical safety requirements will be a challenge for fully automated vehicles (FAV), which often do not perform reliably when faced with uncertainty. However, to date there has been little research addressing the operation of FAVs in school zones. In response, this work identifies key research needs surrounding FAV deployments near schools and on school routes, with an emphasis on K-8 student safety. The research needs were informed by interviews with traffic safety researchers and school transportation professionals who identified common transportation issues related to school zones and FAV deployment. The results can be used by developers and community stakeholders to plan for future FAV deployments.