Autonomous handover to human driver

AXA released a report to answer the question of where does the vehicle end and driver begin, when it comes to autonomous driving.

Burges Salmon and AXA have accumulated the data from the VENTURER project to understand the implications when an autonomous vehicle must ‘handover’ to a human driver.

The findings show that on average, a human being will need between two and three seconds to take control of a vehicle once informed it’s being handed over to them. However, the speed of which the vehicle is travelling affects this handover time.

The research also shows following handover, participants driving styles were slower and had a marked delay in achieving normal performance when retaking control at speeds ranging from 20-50mph.

‘The exciting part about Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) is that they open up a world of opportunity and mobility for those who may have previously struggled. At the same time, it also raises questions regarding practicalities, liability and, most importantly, safety. The latest VENTURER report investigates just one aspect of the driverless experience – the handover stage – and calls for greater understanding of how motorists will adapt to this new process.’ David Williams, technical director at AXA UK