User-in-charge

This term is part of the following categories: Safety, Human factors and Activity / Process.

 

Version: 3.0, Release date: October 2020

Definition: Human within or in line of sight of a vehicle who is qualified to drive it and in a position to operate the controls of the vehicle but is not actively controlling the vehicle due to it being under the control of its automated driving system.

NOTE 1: The role of user-in-charge is not intended for use in reference to human occupants of automated vehicles during development, testing or trials, which may be safety drivers or safety operators.

NOTE 2: The main role of the user-in-charge is to take over in planned circumstances after the vehicle has come to a safe stop. They would also have obligations to maintain and insure the vehicle and report collisions. An automated vehicle would require a user-in-charge unless it is authorized to operate without one. The user-in-charge must be in the vehicle (or in line of sight of the vehicle) and can be distinguished from a remote operator.

NOTE 3: Being qualified to drive means the user-in-charge holds a current and valid driving licence to drive the relevant vehicle in the jurisdiction in which it is being operated.

NOTE 4: This term and definition is adapted from the UK Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission joint consultation paper (2019): Automated Vehicles: Consultation Paper 2 on Passenger Services and Public Transport.

 

 

Previous versions:

Version: 2.0, Release date: June 2020

Definition: Human within or in line of sight of a vehicle who is qualified to drive it and in a position to operate the controls of the vehicle but is not actively controlling the vehicle due to it being under the control of its automated driving system.

NOTE 1: The role of user-in-charge is not intended for use in reference to human occupants of automated vehicles during development, testing or trials, which may be safety drivers or safety operators.

NOTE 2: The main role of the user-in-charge is to take over in planned circumstances after the vehicle has come to a safe stop. They would also have obligations to maintain and insure the vehicle and report collisions. An automated vehicle would require a user-in-charge unless it is authorized to operate without one. The user-in-charge must be in the vehicle (or in line of sight of the vehicle) and can be distinguished from a remote operator.

NOTE 3: Being qualified to drive means the user-in-charge holds a current and valid driving licence to drive the relevant vehicle in the jurisdiction in which it is being operated.

NOTE 4: This term and definition is adapted from the UK Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission joint consultation paper (2019): Automated Vehicles: Consultation Paper 2 on Passenger Services and Public Transport.

 

 

Version: 1.0, Release date: January 2020

Definition: Human in the vehicle or in line of sight of the vehicle who is qualified and fit to drive and in a position to operate the controls of the vehicle.