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PhD - Perceived safety and trust in automated vehicles

Research / Academic
Delft

TU Delft, the Netherlands, invites applications for a fully funded PhD position in the European project “SHAPE-IT: Supporting the interaction of Humans and Automated vehicles”.

SHAPE-IT is recruiting 15 PhD candidates in Sweden, the Netherlands, UK, and Germany, collaborating through internships and joint training.

SHAPE-IT is funded by a European Commission Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN). 

Vehicle automation has been identified as a game-changer in transport, promising substantial reductions in road-traffic fatalities while improving mobility. However, the processes of integrating automation in transport have been primarily technology-focussed, with insufficient consideration to how humans will interact with automated vehicles (AVs).  

SHAPE-IT aims to facilitate the safe, acceptable (and, ideally, desirable) integration of user-centred and transparent AVs into tomorrow’s mixed urban traffic environments, studying and modelling human behaviour to design advanced interfaces and control strategies.  

This PhD candidate (ESR12) will develop models to predict perceived safety and trust in vehicle automation. The models will capture different levels of driver involvement, driving speeds, interaction with other road users, and infrastructure characteristics. Driving simulator and on-road experiments will be performed to systematically evaluate trust and perceived safety, in order to obtain the model parameters. Furthermore, he or she will investigate how trust and perceived safety can be enhanced by adapting the automated driving style and by informing occupants about the current and anticipated actions of the automated vehicle.

Requirements:

We are looking for candidates with a MSc in Mechanical Engineering or related fields, with a focus on system dynamics and statistics, and an interest in human perception.

Salary Benefits:

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit http://www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week

Address:

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