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The influence of driver's psychological states on the safety perception of hydrogen electric vehicles

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posted on 13.05.2019, 15:11 by Han LiHan Li, Ruth WelshRuth Welsh, Andrew MorrisAndrew Morris
The environmental and sustainable problems caused by automotive exhaust emission have received more attention than ever. Innovative vehicle technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicles, have been developed a long time ago to cope with the problem. Public acceptance of these electric vehicle technologies is critical to their successful replacement of the internal combustion engine vehicles and thus reduce the emissions. Previous researches had shown that the main barriers were the lack of support infrastructures, high vehicle purchase cost and vehicle reliability with respect to safety. However, studies into the public safety perception of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles have still been limited to date. In this paper, a quantitative survey was developed to investigate the public safety concerns of three types of vehicle powertrain: the internal combustion engine, the hybrid electric and the solely electric vehicle. The study indicates the root cause of the low safety perception at present. The survey results also indicate that that driving freedom is nowadays not just a problem of infrastructure only but is gradually becoming a psychological issue in terms of increased driver’s mental stress, and thus, the overall driving safety is affected. Furthermore, this paper states the existence of an evaluation chain to determine the driver’s safety perception. In the end, this paper proposed a comprehensive framework of the negation of driver’s safety concerns regarding the hydrogen-fuelled electric vehicle, based on the results from the survey and a review of psychological effects. This framework intends to explain the perceived safety perception from a wider angle with some in-depth.

Funding

Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels at Loughborough University.

History

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Published in

International Journal of Transport Development and Integration

Volume

3

Issue

3

Pages

207 - 221

Citation

LI, H-L., WELSH, R. and MORRIS, A., 2019. The influence of driver's psychological states on the safety perception of hydrogen electric vehicles. International Journal of Transport Development and Integration, 3 (3), pp.207-221.

Publisher

WIT Press

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© WIT Press

Acceptance date

07/05/2019

Publication date

2019-08-14

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

2058-8305

eISSN

2058-8313

Language

en