Special Issue "Collaborative Technology for a Sustainable Transition to Automated Driving"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. António Lobo
Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: automated vehicles; road safety; road operations
Prof. Sara Ferreira
Guest Editor
Porto University, Porto, Portugal
Interests: accident modeling; road safety; road users’ behavior; technological sciences; engineering; civil engineering; infrastructures engineering
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Prof. Dr. António Couto
Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: transport and health; road safety; econometrics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Advanced driver assistance systems have experienced a significant technological boost during the last decade, being present on almost every new vehicle sold today. The integration of these systems will progressively pave the way for the introduction of vehicles with increased automation capabilities. However, a large-scale deployment of automated vehicles on public roads will only be successful if technology is proved safe and convenient to all road users.

In addition, ambitious road safety targets, such as the European Commission’s "Vision Zero" strategy, aimed at eliminating road crashes caused by human errors by 2050, heavily rely on vehicle automation, which puts an additional pressure on manufacturers and regulatory bodies to ensure a smooth transition to fully-automated driving.

With this Special Issue, we are looking for new concepts and applications to feed the development of collaborative driving systems for different levels of automation. We are especially interested in naturalistic or driving simulation studies on one or more of the following topics:

  • Interactions between the automated vehicle and its driver/occupants, including requested or unrequested takeover manoeuvres, and perceived levels of safety and comfort during automated driving;
  • Interactions between the automated vehicle and other road users, including communication and actions towards pedestrians, cyclists and drivers of non-automated vehicles;
  • Behavioural modelling for different types of drivers and driving modes that mimic human behaviour;
  • New concepts of human-machine interfaces to improve safety and user experience.

Submitted papers should clearly contribute to bridge the gap between automated driving technology and different types of road users, presenting tools to address their specific needs and requirements and, ultimately, to promote a widespread acceptance and sustainable rollout of automated vehicles.

Dr. António Lobo
Prof. Dr. Sara Ferreira
Prof. Dr. António Couto
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • automated vehicles
  • collaborative technology
  • naturalistic driving
  • driving simulation
  • behavioral modeling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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