ProjectRegulating traffic rules for automated traffic

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Regulating traffic rules for automated traffic

The goal of the project is to explore how future regulation of traffic rules should be performed regarding the increasingly dynamic development of technology in road traffic system. 

Effective traffic management and compliance with traffic regulations is dependent on the provision of road markings, traffic signs and traffic signal controls, many of which are also safety critical. At present road users take information from various sources. The driver is responsible for examining the road environment, assisted by mirrors and increasingly camera-monitoring systems and sensors. Many car manufacturers are already equipping their vehicles with cameras which recognize road markings and signs, for example, to support lane keeping technology and inform road users of speed limits and other prohibitions, regulations and warnings.

Currently, research is mainly focusing on admission requirements for drivers and vehicles, and how these requirements need to be changed when decisions are moved from the drivers to the technical systems (i.e., when vehicles become increasingly automated and make decisions instead of the driver). However, how traffic rules should be designed and communicated to ensure that both the driver and the automated vehicles are able to understand and make decisions based on them, is an area that has received limited attention from the research community.

Since the Swedish Transport Agency is the national expert authority on regulation of traffic rules, it needs to gain in-depth knowledge on this topic.