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Successful 1st IJDS symposium ‘Driving the Intelligent Vehicle’

7 July 2017 by Saskia Monsma

During the first symposium of the International Journal of Driving Science (IJDS), the open access magazine of the HAN, engineers, behavioral scientists, traffic experts and policy makers gave their vision on the future of the intelligent car: will we all become passengers or will we stay in control? This resulted in much discussion, which was facilitated in the broad and interactive program.

With over 35 contributions from different countries spread over two days, it was a full program with themes: Driver Vehicle Interaction, Driver Vehicle Adaptation, and Accident Avoidance. In addition to presentations, there were workshops and interactive sessions, which was well-suited for  the broad subject and the different approaches. It was held in the Philharmonie, located in the center of Haarlem, which allowed the exchange of knowledge to continue after the program on the sunny terrace at the market square. During the dinner, several collaborative opportunities for projects were explored, and appointments were made for follow-up, again uniting the pleasurable with the usefulness.

Interested in more about the content? The presentations of the participants and the pictures are on the symposium website. In addition, Science Guide has published two articles about our symposium (in Dutch): ‘Een volledig autonome auto? Niet voor 2075’ en ‘Automatisering creëert ook nieuwe problemen’.

The symposium was the informal kick-off of the International Journal of Driving Science, an open-access online magazine, not only free for readers, but also for authors. many speakers have the intention to submit an article for our magazine, which contributes to our ultimate goal: making interesting research accessible to all!

Automatisering creëert ook nieuwe problemen

7 July 2017 by Saskia Monsma

See this article (in Dutch) from ScienceGuide about the IJDS symposium

Een volledig autonome auto? Niet voor 2075

17 June 2017 by Saskia Monsma

ScienceGuide was present at the 1st IJDS Symposium ‘Driving the Intelligent Vehicle’ and wrote an article about it (in Dutch).

Interesting International Program IJDS Symposium ‘Driving the Intelligent Vehicle’

25 April 2017 by Saskia Monsma

It was very exciting whether we would receive enough contributions for our IJDS symposium ‘Driving the Intelligent Vehicle‘, but luckily the abstracts kept coming just before the deadline! It exceeded our expectations. The preliminary program is now online and we are delighted that it is a nice mix of applied research in Driving Science, from the academic field, business and government.

Now on to the next exciting moment: enough visitors …

Too much trust?

13 March 2017 by Saskia Monsma

Blog post by Timothy Gordon

We launch the International Journal of Driving Science (IJDS) at a time when automated and semi-automated driving is on the cusp of becoming a reality, and it has never been more important to fully understand the performance and limitations of the human driver. We don’t yet have any fully self-driving cars on public roads, but, if and when they do appear, it won’t be in the form of door-to-door automation; a human will still need to navigate to the freeway and take over control at the other end. So, during changeover we need absolute clarity on who is responsible, and have safeguards for when something goes wrong.
There have been well-publicised crashes involving Google and Tesla cars. In these and other cases, a human was at fault, and specifically due to over-reliance on the automation technology. Take the Google car crash [1]. On Valentine’s Day 2016 the self-driving development car got its gap estimation wrong and got too close to a public bus. It was only at low speed and only resulted in minor damage, but it was self-driving under close supervision by Google engineers – maybe they trusted their own algorithms a bit too much. More recently, Uber have been banned from operating supervised self-driving cars in California [2] after they were filmed running red lights.
The Google and Uber incidents were failures of supervision by employees acting in a professional capacity. The two Tesla incidents in 2016 (one in China and one in the US) both involved members of the public, who lost their lives through over-reliance on the ‘autopilot’ technology.
Of course automation has its place, and is already showing safety benefits via crash avoidance technology. But there is so much highway-driving (over three trillion miles per year on US roads) that even small errors and misunderstandings with humans be magnified. As the proportion of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles increases, any problems will show up in the crash record, and that is too long to wait. IJDS wants to foster new research into how people can interact safely with the next generation of intelligent vehicles.

1. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/09/google-self-driving-car-crash-video-accident-bus
2. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/14/uber-self-driving-cars-run-red-lights-san-francisco