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Grants to USA and Canada Organizations for Research
Related to Training Drivers to Use Automated Driving Systems

Approaches to Training and Educating Drivers About Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Vehicle Automation

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AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Deadline Date:

10/27/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and Canada organizations for research studies related to training and teaching drivers to more safely use automated vehicles. Funding is intended to support research that will help to identify and assess different driver training approaches in the use of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automated driving systems with respect to knowledge and understanding of system capabilities and limitations; acceptance, trust, and use of the systems; and ultimately, safety.

This project seeks to answer questions such as:

  • What levels of knowledge and understanding of system features are essential for the safe and proper use of a given system?
  • How much information is needed or sufficient to support the safe use of these technologies?
  • What educational approaches are most promising or beneficial in promoting safe and effective system use? What medium is most effective to convey the information? 
  • Can non-traditional training (e.g., structured feedback) of driver behavior and vehicle tech intervention improve drivers’ understanding of technology, and improve safety?
  • What kinds of information do other road users (i.e., besides the operator) need in order to interact safely with vehicles with automated vehicle technology?

The AAA Foundation envisions that the objectives of this research could be met through multiple methods utilizing a variety of research tools, including but not limited to literature review and synthesis, laboratory, simulation, and field evaluations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198848

Term of Contract:

The AAA Foundation envisions that a project of the intended scale would likely take approximately 12-24 months to complete. For planning purposes, assume an April 1, 2022 start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The AAA Foundation is seeking research teams that can provide objective and impartial research. Eligibility is open to any organization qualified to do the work. However, for practical considerations, an organization outside of the U.S. should detail how regular project status meetings with AAA Foundation staff will take place.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 5:00 PM ET.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Please fill the subject line with “Fall 2021 Proposal.”

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Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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