Vehicle Automation and Consumer Education: Recent Research Findings and Implications

Monday, November 14, 2022

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

AAAM is proud to host a 60-minute webinar, “Vehicle Automation and Consumer Education: Recent Research Findings and Implications”. This webinar will be presented by Dr. John Lenneman, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Toyota CSRC and Chelsea DeGuzman, PhD Candidate, Human Factors and Applied Statistics Lab, University of Toronto.
This webinar will be moderated by Prof. Anuj K. Pradhan, Chair of AAAM’s Automated Vehicles SIG and Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Vehicle automation is becoming more commonplace in vehicles available to consumers today. In fact, most new vehicles being deployed on public roadways have some level of vehicle automation in the form of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. While these systems are designed for improved comfort, convenience, and safety, research indicates that for these promised benefits to actually be realized the users and operators of these systems may play a critical role. To that end, this webinar will discuss research findings and implications related to the role of the operators’ understanding and knowledge of advanced vehicle technologies, and the role consumer education plays in the safe deployment of vehicle automation.

This webinar is free for AAAM members and $50 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required.

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Meet Our Speakers

Chelsea DeGuzman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. She works in the Human Factors and Applied Statistics lab, under the supervision of Professor Birsen Donmez. Chelsea received her B.A. in developmental cognitive neuroscience from Western University and M.A.Sc. in industrial engineering (specializing in human factors) from the University of Toronto. Her current research investigates drivers’ understanding and use of advanced driver assistance systems, with a specific focus on developing training to support drivers in using these systems safely. She has also been involved in research on public perceptions of autonomous shuttles in the Toronto area.


John Lenneman is a Senior Principal Engineer in the Collaborative Safety Research Center, a part of Toyota’s North American Research and Development center. Dr. Lenneman is a subject matter expert in the area of human-centered automotive technology research and design. In his current position, Dr. Lenneman is responsible for growing and maintaining Toyota’s position as a global leader in human-centered safety research by translating research findings into applications/technologies that make the driving task safer and more efficient. He has considerable experience conducting empirical research in human cognition and perception in simulated and on-road driving studies. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles, papers, abstracts, or presentations on automotive human-centered research and holds numerous patents that are direct results from his research. Dr. Lenneman has also served on the advisory boards for numerous organizations, and has held multiple leadership positions in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Lenneman received a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology from Central Michigan University and an M.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.