Welcome to the 21st Century.
The future is now! Recently published in the Federal Register, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Notice and Request for Comment regarding the administration’s plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its driving simulator study titled Human Factors Considerations in Commercial Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. According to the notice,
“It is a driving simulator study with a series of questionnaires that will evaluate how commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers engage in CMVs equipped with SAE International Level 2 (L2) advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and Level 3 (L3) automated driving systems (ADS)… The study will examine the effect of non-driving secondary task engagement, transfer of control, and training on driver behavior in CMVs equipped with ADAS and ADS.”
Many of us who have either recently (in the last 2-3 years) searched for, or purchased a car that is 2020 and newer, are familiar with many of the newer vehicles self-driving and safety assisting features. However, I am sure many of you reading this are just as shocked as I was to find that Commercial Motor Vehicles are being equipped with some of these same features. While designed to keep us safer while on the roads, some studies have found it also makes some drives over reliant and less aware of their surroundings. So, it should come as no surprise the FMCSA would like to do a safety study on CMV drives and ADAS and ADS systems. For those interested in what exactly the Notice and study will be covering, you can take a deeper dive by clicking HERE NOW!
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