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Technological innovations and risk-taking at the wheel

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Geo-spatial type
Network corridors
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues,
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

Given the many applications of vehicle technology, one could ask how driving assistance and automation could lead drivers to over-estimate their vehicles' capabilities or their own driving abilities and give them a false sense of security.

This lead to the question of risk-compensation, whereby drivers feel invulnerable and so take more risks, believing that their vehicle will protect them.


At a first level analysis, the project aimed to better understand the way in which car drivers perceived technological tools.

Concerning the everyday driving task, the project aimed to better determine the impact of technologies in drivers' decision-making.

The project also evaluated drivers' roles in the human-machine interface structure at times of risk-taking at the wheel, leading to building a feeling of confidence and a sensation of power, already observed in driving.

  • At first, a pre-survey by questionnaire allowed an assessment of the impact of these technologies in the minds of individuals.
  • Secondly, the qualitative part comprised socio-clinical type interviews.
  • Thirdly, in-vehicle observations were carried out, using a table to record the driver's behaviour during the test drive.

The sample frame was made up of private individuals and companies.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
METLTM: Ministère de l'Equipement, des Transports, du Logement, du Tourisme et de la Mer (Ministry of Public Works, Transport, Housing, Tourism and the Sea):(1) DSCR (Road Traffic and Safety Directorate)(2) DRAST (Research Directorate)
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


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