Methodological challenges related to real-world automated driving pilots

Satu Innamaa, Natasha Merat, Tyron Louw, Barbara Metz, Thomas Streubel, Christian Rösener

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    This paper discusses the methodological challenges related to automated driving (AD) pilots in the real world, providing an overview of some of the solutions offered by the L3Pilot project. Although the overall methodology defined for Field Operational Tests (FOTs) has been developed quite extensively for driver support systems, our efforts in the L3Pilot project show that the evaluation process can be adapted to suit the needs of AD pilot projects, as long as some caveats related to the pilot nature of AD studies are acknowledged. The AD pilots currently in place around the world provide important insights into the impacts of AD on their users, other road users and the society at large. However, as these systems mature, large-scale FOTs will be needed as (closer to) ex-post evaluation, to verify the assessed impacts. This paper outlines the challenges and offers some solutions for working towards that goal.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of ITS World Congress 2019, Singapore
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
    MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings



    • Real-world study
    • automated driving pilot
    • methodology

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    Innamaa, S., Merat, N., Louw, T., Metz, B., Streubel, T., & Rösener, C. (2019). Methodological challenges related to real-world automated driving pilots. In Proceedings of ITS World Congress 2019, Singapore [EU-TP2070]