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Open Access Thesis

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Degree Program

Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Degree Type

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (M.S.I.E.O.R.)

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Month Degree Awarded



Advanced Vehicle Systems promise improved safety and comfort for drivers. Steady advancements in technology are resulting in increasing levels of vehicle automation capabilities, furthering safety benefits. In fact, some of these vehicle automation systems are already deployed and available, but with promised benefits, such systems can potentially change driving behaviors. There is evidence that drivers have increased secondary task engagements while driving with automated vehicle systems, but there is a need for a clearer scientific understanding of any potential correlations between the use of automated vehicle systems and potentially negative driver behaviors.

Therefore, this thesis aims to understand the state of knowledge on automated vehicle systems and their possible impact on drivers’ distraction behaviors. I have conducted two systematic literature reviews to examine this question. This thesis reports these reviews and examines the effects of secondary task engagement on driving behaviors such as take-over times, visual attention, trust, and workload, and discusses the implications on driver safety.


First Advisor

Anuj Kumar Pradhan

Second Advisor

Shannon C. Roberts

Third Advisor

Jenna L. Marquard

Fourth Advisor

Timothy J. Wright

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