The working methodology in BRAVE: A user centric approach

BRAVE approach assumes that the launch of automated vehicles on public roads will only be successful if a user-centric methodology is adopted. This is perceived as a key to obtaining viable and market-ready products. Consequently, based on existing prototypes of automated vehicles provided by the consortium and partners, BRAVE will perform multidisciplinary research to meet the needs of users (drivers), other road users (other drivers and Vulnerable Road Users) and the perspectives of stakeholders (driving instructors, insurance companies, authorities, certifiers, policymakers and regulators). This main objective is deployed in the following methodology:

BRAVE partners will first conduct a multidisciplinary (human, social, economic, security, legal and ethical considerations) study of the requirements and expectations of the drivers, Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) and stakeholders regarding safety and adoption of automated vehicles. The results of this multidisciplinary study will be then turned into innovative interactions and monitoring concepts (Human Machine Interfaces) for driver-vehicle interactions, as well as innovative monitoring concepts regarding vehicle-environment interactions. The idea here is to enhance the existing ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistance Systems) through the inclusion of predictive capabilities for better and faster ADAS reactions (at a nominal state and for emergency situations).

Those systems will be validated through realistic user-centric testing exercises under different scenario conditions. This mandatory step will allow BRAVE partners to validate requirements, user acceptance and the impact of the newly developed prototypes. Finally, to pave the way for further adoption of the technology by the automation industry, BRAVE will work on pre-validation protocols, propose advancements on the regulation and consumerist assessment.

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