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MIE Seminar Series: "Analysis of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in Police Vehicles”


Friday, October 22, 2021 - 12:00pm


Professor Maryam Zahabi, Texas A&M University


Gunness Student Center, Marcus Hall


Few studies have examined the impact of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) on police officers to improve driver safety and prevent crashes. This is in spite of police officers having higher driving-related mortality rates than average civilians. To fill this gap, we conducted a study with 73 police officers to assess their opinions on various ADAS features as well as their recommendations for improvement. Results indicated that officer behavior and intention to use ADAS features were influenced by the trust officers had in the available ADAS systems among other key factors such as ADAS training and perceived usefulness. On this basis, guidelines for future research and development of ADAS were provided to improve officer driving safety in police operations. The guidelines need to be further validated in future driving simulation or naturalistic studies.

Maryam Zahabi is an assistant professor in the Wm Michael Barnes ’64 department of industrial and systems engineering at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on assessing human-system interactions in safety critical situations. She received her PhD in industrial and systems engineering from North Carolina State University in 2017. Dr. Zahabi’s research has received support from agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Transportation. She is also the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award to study adaptive driver assistance systems and personalized training for law enforcement officers. Dr. Zahabi serves an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems journal.