Breakout Session #13

Training Needs for Automated Driving

Tuesday, July 10, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Room: Yosemite C


  • Donald Fisher, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center & UMass Amherst
  • Charlie Klauer, Virginia Tech & Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Michael Manser, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Session Description

There exist significant concerns regarding the need to train passenger car drivers how to safely maneuver their vehicles when automated technologies are activated. These concerns are shared by OEMs, driver trainers, researchers, and even car dealerships who all have a desire to educate and train drivers to maximize performance, satisfaction, and safety. This breakout session will provide critical and timely information to federal and state regulators, OEMs, researchers, and system developers relative to automated vehicle systems and driver training. Specifically, the session will focus on: 1) what is known about driver training needs, 2) what are minimum driver training needs, and 3) what are the critical unaddressed research areas.


  • Goal 1. Overview. Provide attendees with an overview of what is known about the training needs of passenger car drivers (including those riding as monitors in field test vehicles) to safely maneuver Level 1 and Level 2 vehicles.
  • Goal 2: Breakout Groups and Discussion. Identify the minimum training needs for drivers using Level 1 and 2 systems and what methods can be used to meet their training needs.
  • Goal 3: Research Needs Identification. Produce one or more research needs statement for relevant TRB standing committees (e.g., AND30) that addresses the research that is required in order to establish:
    • What are the most critical training needs?
    • What types of training may be most successful in meeting these needs?


1:30 PM – 1:50 PM
Overview, Introductions, Agenda

1:50 PM – 2:50 PM
Automated Systems and Driver Training

Nationally recognized experts in the areas of human factors, training, and automated vehicles will explore current automated vehicles training approaches, existing manufacturer programs, promising types of training, and automated vehicle training issues.

  • Steve Casner, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Charles Green, General Motors
  • Charlie Klauer, Viginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Michael Manser, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Dan McGehee, National Advanced Driving Simulator

2:50 PM – 3:00 PM
Break and Networking

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Driver Training Issue Investigation

Through the use of small breakout groups, session participants will gain a greater understanding of driver training issues relative to Levels 1 and 2 automated vehicles. Participants will delve into topics such as:

  • Who should be responsible for providing training?
  • What existing and novel types of training should be provided?
  • What lessons from other transportation modes can be applied to driver training and automated vehicles?
  • How do we determine if training is successful?
  • Should training be integrated into a vehicle’s technology suite or should training be delivered by traditional means (e.g., instructor, owner’s manual)?

4:00 PM – 4:10 PM

4:10 PM – 5:00 PM
Driver Training Needs Identification

Session participants will use the results from the previous activities to identify the primary and immediate issues that need to be addressed within the area of driver training and automated vehicles. The information will serve as guide for stakeholders interested in improving driving performance, satisfaction, and safety. As time permits, these needs will be formulated into research needs statements that can guide future investigative efforts.

5:00 PM – 5:20 PM
A Final Perspective on Training

Nationally recognized experts in the fields of human behavior, driver training, and vehicles will each provide their perspective on driver training, particularly as it relates to the workshop findings and practical next steps.

  • David Kidd, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • John Lenneman, Toyota Collaborative Research Center
  • Elizabeth Mazzae, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Cathie Curtis, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

5:20 PM – 5:30 PM
Wrap Up/Conclusion