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What can Advanced Driving Assist Systems in modern cars do? What needs to be taught about such systems in driving education of the future?

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The project overview

Area of Science: Technology and Computer Sciences
Location: independent of location
Used Devices: with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Smartphone or tablet with internet access
Activities of citizen scientists: sharing ideas, observing, photographing, analysing, other activities
Suitable for: Adults
Project duration: 01.11.2017 - 30.04.2019
Time to join in: 01.01.2018 - 30.06.2018
Expenditure of time: Watching instruction webinars: approx. 2 h; Making entries in mobile tool at own schedule: approx. 5 min per entry; Creating scenarios: 1.5 h; Shaping of educational material: 3 iterations with 2-5 h each

Project objective

Advanced Driving Assist Systems (e.g., cruise control, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistant, lane changing assistant, parking assistant) are increasingly integrated in modern cars and are intended to support the driver in his driving tasks. With increasing automation, the amount and complexity of these systems increases as well. Hence, in order to sustain the intended supportive functions of such systems and not to hinder the driver instead, drivers need to know how to handle these systems, especially with regard to the steady trend of ever increasing automatisation of vehicles.

It is, thus, rather concerning, that current driver education still focuses on manual driving, while the handling of driving assist systems is not part of a standardised teaching plan with appropriate learning materials. GeFaBe aims at addressing this safety-critical shortcoming and wants to do so by involving those directly, who are most affected by these systems: the drivers themselves.

In the GeFaBe project, participating citizen scientists will document and reflect on their experiences with current Advanced Driving Assist Systems. Under scientific supervision, traffic and interaction scenarios will be developed, which serve as basis for the first driver education lesson in Austria that focuses on proper operation of Advanced Driving Assist Systems. 

How to participate?

The GeFaBe project addresses all drivers in Austria – from new drivers to longtime drivers. Citizen scientists can participate in two phases of the project:

In the exploration phase, interactions and experiences with Advanced Driving Assist Systems are captured, annotated, and, where necessary, reflected one with the help of a mobile app (on a smartphone or tablet). These serve as basis for the analysis phase, in which the collected impressions are used to create scenarios and finally teaching materials.

In both phases, webinars are provided to teach basic methods and procedures for the respective phase to the citizen scientists.

What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?

The contributions of the citizen scientists will be extended and refined to generate the first traffic teaching unit focusing on Advanced Driving Assist Systems. The teaching materials will be available to the public on the project website. Furthermore, driving schools within the area of Salzburg will be contacted and informed about the availability of the teaching materials, and will be invited to the final event and to include the materials in their teaching programm.

Participating and supporting institutions


Ass. Prof. Dr. Alexander Meschtscherjakov
Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University Salzburg

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