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Chris Monk

Dr. Monk is an international scientific leader on driver inattention, in-vehicle safety systems, driver performance, and driver behavior. His expertise includes driver distraction, automated vehicle human-machine interactions, in-vehicle warnings and alerts, advanced driver-vehicle interfaces, alcohol and drowsy impaired driving, vulnerable road users, vehicle lighting, nighttime driving, roadway signage and lane markings, and seat belts. Dr. Monk was the lead United States representative on a partnership between the United States, European Union, and Japan that published an international definition of distraction, a taxonomy of driver inattention, a report on cognitive workload, and an article on “out of the loop” driver interactions with advanced automated vehicles. Dr. Monk has led large-scale research programs investigating driver distraction, automation human factors, warning design, and system safety for the government, and has extensive experience in partnering with industry to accomplish research objectives. As head of human factors at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), he was responsible for developing, planning, conducting, and coordinating NHTSA’s human factors research program on advanced safety and driver information systems, automated vehicles, driver distraction and impairment, and the safe application of advanced technologies.


Understanding the continuous evolution of ADAS testing and regulations

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies have been evolving over the past decade. During this evolution, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has implemented and updated New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing protocols. As ADAS technologies continue to evolve, the NHTSA has contemplated further updates to the NCAP test procedures and sought comments on these potential updates. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also developed and updated testing protocols during this time. It’s important to note that neither of these programs is mandatory. To date, manufacturers are not required to meet any NHTSA requirements as NHTSA has not promulgated any ADAS-related regulations but is contemplating, for instance, proposed rulemaking to require and/or standardize performance for automatic emergency braking (AEB). OEMs and ADAS technology developers will benefit from tracking ADAS testing protocol developments and potential regulations as they continue to design and develop ADAS technologies.