Level 2 autonomous driving cuts the driver’s vigilance in half!

The University of Windsor and the Human System Lab are reporting online the results of their study of driver behavior enabling Level 2 autonomous driving.

According to measurements made in el Tesla Model 3Once the system is activated, the drivers’ attention level drops sharply.

We remind you that level 2 autonomous driving requires the driver to be careful and alert when performing possible emergency maneuvers

During the experiment, thirty interested people got behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3 on a roughly hour and a half long route, which led, among other things, along highway 401 in Ontario.

Sensors installed in the passenger cabin recorded pupil dilation, eye blinks, heart rate, gaze orientation and driver’s seat position.

The results were clear: With the autonomous driving system activated, drivers engaged in other distractions twice as often as when this type of assistance was not used.

Through different colors, the area was analyzed by multiple sensors in the Model 3 cabin. Thanks to Level 2 autonomous driving, drivers focused their gaze on the screen for a very long time.

In detail, the Tesla Model 3 research focused mainly on the large central touchscreen. Drivers took their eyes off the road more often to focus on the screen.

And by focusing on her cues, their eyes also stayed there longer than without Level 2 autonomous driving.

We remind you that level 2 autonomous driving requires the driver to be careful and alert when performing any emergency maneuvers. A limitation that disappears with its use Level 3in which the driver’s attention is no longer required.

Manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz are also considering new airbag layouts for passengers who want to use this innovation to relax or work in a position very different from the traditional driving position.

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