Emotion and Inattention during Autonomous Driving

  • Jallais, Christophe (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Fort, Alexandra (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Stephens, Amanda (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Young, Kristie (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Advances in technological and industrial research in the automotive sector suggest the introduction of vehicles Level 3 Automated Vehicles (Automated Vehicle Requiring Sporadic Driver Surveillance) to be able to take control of the vehicle if necessary), or even level 5 (fully automated vehicle without beyond 2020. These technological advances raise questions in terms of road safety
Human-machine interaction and attention-allocation when using such automated systems. Thus, the use of a Autonomous Vehicle (VA) would allow its user to do another activity than those related to driving (Gugerty et al., 2011) even developing wandering thoughts that cause inattention (Mac Donald and Lavie, 2011). In addition, the literature indicates that surveillance of the road environment would then become a distractive task (Hidalgo Muñoz et al., 2019).

The research project proposed here aims to meet several objectives related to the use of VA: 1) study the effects of use a VA during risky situations on the emotional state of the user; 2) study the potential effects of a distractive task (description of their thoughts aloud) on the emotional regulation induced by the driving situation; 3) to study the effects of the use of a VA on the awareness of the road environment. The research questions this project will answer will focus on the emotional intensity of the vehicle autonomous in driving situations that may be at risk; the impact of a distractive task on emotional intensity felt (does the task help to regulate the emotion felt?); study the caretakers' orientation according to the type of vehicle they use (manual or autonomous).

Translated from French.
Effective start/end date13/03/2030/11/20


  • road safety
  • driving behaviour
  • human factors