Drive-by-wire systems: some reflections on the trend to automate the driver role

Stanton, N. and Marsden, P. (1997) Drive-by-wire systems: some reflections on the trend to automate the driver role. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 211, (4), 267-276. (doi:10.1243/0954407971526425).


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The purpose of this paper is to review critically the current trend in automobile engineering toward automation of many of the functions previously performed by the driver. Working on the assumption that automation in aviation represents the basic model for driver automation, the costs and benefits of automation in aviation are explored as a means of establishing where automation of drivers' tasks is likely to yield benefits. It is concluded that there are areas where automation can provide benefits to the driver, but there are other areas where this is unlikely to be the case. Automation per se does not guarantee success, and therefore it becomes vital to involve human factors into design to identify where automation of driver functions can be allocated with a beneficial outcome for driving performance.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1243/0954407971526425
ISSNs: 0954-4070 (print)
2041-2991 (electronic)
Keywords: automation, driving, driver behaviour, allocation of function
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 73926
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:06

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