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Exploring the acceptance of connected and automated vehicles: Focus group discussions with experts and non-experts in transport

Duboz, Amandine and Mourtzouchou, Andromachi and Grosso, Monica and Kolarova, Viktoriya and Cordera, Rubén and Nägele, Sophie and Alonso Raposo, María and Krause, Jette and Garus, Ada and Eisenmann, Christine and dell'Olio, Luigi and Alonso, Borja and Ciuffo, Biagio (2022) Exploring the acceptance of connected and automated vehicles: Focus group discussions with experts and non-experts in transport. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 89, pp. 200-221. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2022.06.013. ISSN 1369-8478.

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The successful deployment of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) will largely depend on public opinion. Expectations and concerns are essential components driving the speed of market uptake and final adoption of these technologies. We have studied user expectations and concerns, as well as their provenance, by conducting a series of Focus Group (FG) discussions with transport area experts and non-expert participants, in Italy, Germany, and Spain. Together with user acceptance, potential advantages and disadvantages that CAVs may bring at a societal level were explored. Results show that benefits like increased safety and accessibility and improved travel experience for both driver and passengers could support CAVs’ deployment. Nevertheless, a variety of concerns were raised during the discussions, related to privacy, responsibility in case of an accident, and increase in maintenance and repair costs. These aspects could significantly hamper or delay CAVs acceptability and need to be carefully considered by stakeholders. The reported insights from the FG discussions and the fact that some participants noted positive changes of their initial idea of CAVs due to their participation in the discussion, exemplify the importance of citizen engagement activities to address mobility challenges.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/192747/
Document Type:Article
Title:Exploring the acceptance of connected and automated vehicles: Focus group discussions with experts and non-experts in transport
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Duboz, AmandineJoint Research CenterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mourtzouchou, AndromachiJoint Research CenterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grosso, MonicaJoint Research CenterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kolarova, ViktoriyaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4365-5528UNSPECIFIED
Cordera, RubénUniversity of CantabriaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nägele, SophieUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4999-6710UNSPECIFIED
Alonso Raposo, MaríaJoint Research CenterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Krause, JetteJoint Research CenterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
dell'Olio, LuigiJoint Research CenterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Alonso, BorjaJoint Research CenterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ciuffo, BiagioJoint Research CenterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:1 August 2022
Journal or Publication Title:Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 200-221
Keywords:Connected and Automated Vehicles, Acceptance, Attitudes, Expectations, Focus Group Discussion
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Road Transport
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V ST Straßenverkehr
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - D.MoVe (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Passenger Transport
Deposited By: Nägele, Sophie
Deposited On:10 Jan 2023 17:43
Last Modified:27 Jun 2023 09:09

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