PREFERRED LEVEL OF VEHICLE AUTOMATION IN TURKEY AND SWEDEN: IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRAFFIC CLIMATE, TRAFFIC LOCUS OF CONTROL AND DRIVING SKILLS

2021-7
ÖZTÜRK, İbrahim
With technological developments, vehicles with different capabilities are becoming part of the traffic system. In recent years, vehicles with different levels of automation are taking the attention of both industry and academia. In addition, traffic climate, traffic locus of control and driving skills have been related to various road safety outcomes such as accidents. The present study examines how traffic climate, traffic locus of control and driving skills are related to drivers’ automated vehicle preference. A total of 318 drivers (M = 22.41, SD = 2.77) from Turkey and 312 drivers (M = 28.80, SD = 8.53) from Sweden participated in the study. Participants completed a questionnaire package including demographic information form with the preferred level of automation question, Traffic Climate Scale, Multidimensional Traffic Locus of Control Scale and Driving Skills Inventory. Male drivers, compared to female drivers, and drivers from Turkey, compared to drivers from Sweden, preferred vehicles with higher levels of automation. Furthermore, automation preference was associated positively with functionality and safety skills in Turkey and own skills in Sweden and negatively with perceptual-motor skills in both countries and other drivers in Sweden. Additionally, external affective demands and functionality showed three-way interactions. For example, when the external affective demands were perceived to be high in Sweden, drivers with higher safety skills or vehicle and environment attribution preferred higher levels of automation. The results presented some crucial findings in relations to future of the automated vehicles. In light of the current literature, further implications of the findings were discussed.

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Citation Formats
İ. ÖZTÜRK, “PREFERRED LEVEL OF VEHICLE AUTOMATION IN TURKEY AND SWEDEN: IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRAFFIC CLIMATE, TRAFFIC LOCUS OF CONTROL AND DRIVING SKILLS,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.