1- How to deal with the different levels of automation ?
It is good to know that this project will focus only on Levels 1-2-3 of the NHTSA Classification. In other terms, both the car and the driver contribute to the control of the car. It will be interesting to see how a shared control model between the user and the vehicle can move dynamically and seamlessly through the different automation levels.
2- How shared control driving affects driver state and behaviour and vice versa ?
Because we will use a shared control driving model, the driver state and behaviour may be impacted. These may be different than driving in « normal » conditions. The psychophysiological signals of the driver will give an indicator of his state in real-time.
3- How driver attention and reactiveness may change semi-automated driving ?
It is interesting to see if the semi-autonomous driving has an impact on the situtional awareness and the reactiveness of the driver. It is crucial to keep the driver in the loop, so that he can be ready to take-over the control of the car and therefore minimize the risk of accidents.
4- How to design optimal HVI for shared control driving ?
Car manufacturers has done a lot of work in the design of car interiors. They have adapted elements such as dashboard, screen or speedometer according to the new technologies that have developped. In this way, the driver can interact in a easier way with the car. The challenge here is to design an optimal Human-Vehicle Interaction for the semi-autonomous driving and see how the design is different than in « classic » car.