Members of the AIDL have been working on various research projects related to automated vehicles, check out some of our projects in this area below!

Last Updated: April 24, 2020

Factors affecting the communication mechanism between pedestrians and vehicles

Duration: April 2019 to present

A virtual environment experiment at the pedestrian crossing.

Experiences with Autonomous Vehicles (Master's Thesis)

Duration: Jan 2016 - May 2017

In this project, I investigated how Tesla drivers perceive and use the Autopilot and Summon systems. Data was collected from over hundred Tesla drivers and key issues with automated driving were identified.

Related Publications:

  1. Dikmen, M., & Burns, C. M. (2016, October). Autonomous driving in the real world: Experiences with tesla autopilot and summon. In Proceedings of the 8th international conference on automotive user interfaces and interactive vehicular applications (pp. 225-228).
  2. Dikmen, M., & Burns, C. (2017, October). Trust in autonomous vehicles: The case of tesla autopilot and summon. In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) (pp. 1093-1098). IEEE.

Sponsors and Partners:

  • NSERC 

Human Interaction with Automated Vehicles

This is a multi-year project funded by an NSERC CREATE and other sources of funding.  We are looking at issues of trust with automated vehicles.  How well do drivers of current automated vehicles trust their (imperfect) automation?  When automated vehicles are more ubiquitous, how will other road users interact with these vehicles?  To what degree should an automated vehicle communicate its intent?

Related Publications:

  1. Dikmen*, M., Burns, C.M. (2017). Trust in autonomous vehicles: The case of Tesla Autopilot and Summon. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. 1093-1098. 10.1109/SMC.2017.8122757
  2. Dikmen*, M., and Burns, C.M. (2016). Autonomous driving in the real world: Experiences with Tesla Autopilot and Summon.  8th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, 225-228.
  3. Li*, Y., Hu, R., Burns, C.M. (2016). Representing stages and levels of automation on the decision ladder: The case of automated financial trading. Proceedings the 2016 Annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 328-333.