A Survey on the Acceptance of Unattended Trains
27 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2022
In today´s conventional railway operations drivers are needed for driving trains. In the future, technical developments will enable unattended operations on railway to substitute drivers. Although promising, several challenges need to be accomplished for a successful market launch of unattended trains. Next to several technical challenges, this could especially concern the acceptance among potential users. If a technology or a system is not accepted, it will most likely not be adopted. Most empirical literature regarding the acceptance of driverless or unattended vehicles is related to road and air, but not to railway transport. In this paper, we, therefore, present the results of an online survey that investigated the acceptance of unattended trains. The results of the survey indicate that people generally accept unattended trains. Furthermore, some sociodemographic factors, age, current usage of rail transport, and prior experience with unattended trains, affect the acceptance. However, the results show that people worry about cyberattacks. Overall, the implementation of unattended railway trains seems to be promising.
Keywords: unattended trains, (technology) acceptance, cybersecurity, online study
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