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Safe Autonomous Mobility — Human Cognition & Behavior in Automated Driving Systems

Safe Autonomous Mobility

Human Cognition & Behavior in Automated Driving Systems

On November 19, 2019, Meeting of the Minds hosted a live webinar featuring John Lenneman, Senior Principal Engineer, Collaborative Safety Research Center, Toyota Motor North America Research & Development.


Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center in Ann Arbor (MI) is working on forward-thinking human behavior research that will impact autonomous driving technologies, policies, standards, and the human experience. Moreover, it will impact how we teach and educate drivers on autonomous technologies and mobility options, so we use them safely and efficiently, particularly as we age. Toyota’s Human Technology Integration (HTI) projects are enabling us to better understand human cognition, perception, and behavior, with a special emphasis on understanding how Automated Driving Systems (ADS) should be integrated to achieve maximum safety and efficient use. John Lenneman will present multiple projects and findings from HTI’s applied experimental psychology work which includes “on the road” behavioral research with drivers who have recently bought cars with AV features, neuroergonomic work using driving simulators and virtual reality, and survey work aimed at gathering end-user opinions of ADS.

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John Lenneman

John Lenneman

Senior Principal Engineer, Collaborative Safety Research Center, Toyota Motor North America Research & Development

Dr. John Lenneman is a Senior Principal Engineer for the Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) at the Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In his current position, Dr. Lenneman is responsible for the execution of R&D projects in the area of Human-Technology Integration (HTI). 

Since joining CSRC in August 2016, Dr. Lenneman has been responsible for developing an HTI research strategy, overseeing project execution, publishing and presenting findings, and integrating findings into product development. 

Dr. Lenneman has served in various capacities in his professional community including as chair of multiple Human Factors and Ergonomics Society technical groups, as a reviewer for multiple journals and conferences, and on numerous ISO and SAE committees. Dr. Lenneman has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles, papers, and abstracts on various topics including human factors, psychophysiology, and health and wellness. 

Additionally, he is listed as an inventor on over 10 automotive related technology patents. 

Before joining Toyota, Dr. Lenneman conducted user experience research in commercial and consumer goods, conducted user research for a health and wellness start-up company, consulted for multiple technology development companies, and spent over ten years conducting automotive human factors research. 

Dr. Lenneman earned a PhD in Applied Experimental Psychology from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. 


November 19, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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