A field study of multimodal alerts for an autonomous threat detection system

Conference Paper

Every year, inattentive or impaired drivers strike law enforcement officials, emergency personnel, and other workers by the roadside. Preventative efforts include making at-risk parties more conspicuous to oncoming motorists in order to prompt safer driving behaviors. In contrast, this work evaluates active alerting mechanisms designed to induce defensive action from at-risk roadside personnel once a hazardous situation has been autonomously detected. This paper reports on field investigations with state police to capture their cognitive requirements for this dynamic environment, as well as the design of four alert prototypes for a high noise, low-light environment such as a highway shoulder. We discuss implications for such future autonomous systems and argue that such active defensive alert mechanisms could improve roadside safety and save lives.

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Cited Authors

  • Solovey, ET; Powale, P; Cummings, ML

Published Date

  • January 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10276 LNAI /

Start / End Page

  • 393 - 412

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1611-3349

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0302-9743

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783319584744

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-319-58475-1_29

Citation Source

  • Scopus