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Human Factors of Automated Driving
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General information
Europe EC
From 2013-11-01 to 2017-10-31 Ongoing
Project Coordinator
Delft University of Technology

To generate knowledge on Human Factors of automated driving towards safer road transportation. Human factors expertise of high automated driving are allocated between disciplines and sectors, the project aims to reach a multidisciplinary approach. This Network for Initial Training will train 14 young researchers in HMI design, behavioral research, driver modelling, and traffic flow theory, mentored by leading human-factors scientists in Europe. Through secondments in automotive industry, road safety institutes, and academia, the researchers will gain transferable knowledge of human factors, technology and legal and marketing aspects of highly automated driving.


HFAuto aims to bridge the gap between engineers and psychologists through a multidisciplinary research and training programme. We will combine engineering domains such as simulator hardware, traffic flow theory, control theory, and mathematical driver modelling with psychological domains such as human action and perception, cognitive modelling, vigilance, distraction, psychophysiology, and mode/situation awareness, to optimally address the interdisciplinary domain of human factors.


The Network Initiative will investigate human behavior in highly automated driving using extensive driving simulator studies with a newly developed driver state monitor. The project will also develop a multimodal human and machine interface that will support the driver in highly automated driving and in transitions between the automated and manual driving. Driver cognition and behavior will be captured in mathematical and traffic flow models. With this methodology, the project aims to predict the benefits of the highly automated driving in terms of enhanced safety, traffic efficiency and eco-driving before the system is completely introduce in the market.

Related Projects


The following universities and research institutes participate in HFAuto:

  • Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)
  • Technical University Munich (Germany)
  • University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
  • Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
  • University of Twente (The Netherlands)
  • IFSTTAR - Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (France)
  • VTI - Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (Sweden)

These are the associated partners:

  • Volvo Technology Cooperation (Sweden)
  • Volvo Car Corporation (Sweden)
  • BMW (Germany)
  • Jaguar (UK)
  • Toyota Motor Europe (Belgium)
  • Continental Automotive GmbH (Germany)
  • TNO (The Netherlands)
  • SWOV (The Netherlands)

Budget / Funding

HFAuto is funded by a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN)

Total cost: 3.864.201,2 € / EU contribution: 3.864.201,2 €

Funded under the call: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN

Topic: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN-Marie-Curie Action: Initial Training Networks