Who is in control of self-driving cars?

Nieuws - 13 mei 2019

Together with research institutes, companies and government bodies, TU Delft works together on the "Meaningful Human Control" project. We stimulate innovation in the self-driving car in a responsible manner. "Meaningful human control" means that all key figures in this area (designers, drivers, policy makers) have sufficient knowledge of new systems in the car and feel responsible for it.

About the project

Autonomously driving vehicles are subdivided into five levels. Level 1 stands for limited driving task assistance. Level 5 for full automation. But what should people do or not do at what level? Do we need to know and do more? Or less? What does it take to drive a self-driving car? And who is responsible if things go wrong? To get answers on all those questions, they are being investigated by the project group.

The new animation shows that it is difficult to determine who is responsible for an accident with a self-driving car. Is this the driver, the designer, the policy makers, other road users? And does the person also feel responsible for the behavior of the vehicle? And who must have knowledge of the software? We investigate these and other questions in this project. We also develop methodologies, policies and regulations to promote innovation in self-driving cars. With the animation we want to make drivers think: "What does the self-driving car mean for the behavior of the driver?"

Who is in control of self-driving cars?



Meaningful Human Control works together: CBR, TU Delft, Achmea, Royal HaskoningDHV, Transdev, ANWB, Langerak Van Roest Advocaten, Connekt, SWOV, AMS Institute, Rijkswaterstaat, Nationale Nederlanden, RDW and NWO.

You can read more about the project here.