Conference Proceeding

Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control: Critical Human Factors Issues and Research Questions

  • Stephen Jones (SAIC, McLean, VA)
  • Brian H Philips (Federal Highway Administration, McLean, VA)


As traffic volume and delay on highways increase each year, new solutions are required to meet travel demand and ease congestion. One possible solution, Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control, permits vehicles and infrastructure to communicate, providing the capability to maintain safety while increasing travel lane capacity. The technical capabilities have been demonstrated, but as important to ensuring successful implementation is an understanding of the potential human factors-related issues. Use of automation in the driving environment can have numerous pitfalls, which are heavily influenced by a variety of both deliberate and reflexive human judgments and decisions known to be error-prone. This paper examines these potential issues and identifies research areas and questions that may guide future research to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and acceptance of this new technology.

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Jones, S. & Philips, B., (2013) “Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control: Critical Human Factors Issues and Research Questions”, Driving Assessment Conference 7(2013), 121-127. doi:

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Published on
18 Jun 2013
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