From fly-by-wire to drive-by-wire: Safety implications of automation in vehicles

Stanton, Neville A. and Marsden, Phillip (1996) From fly-by-wire to drive-by-wire: Safety implications of automation in vehicles. Safety Science, 24, (1), 35-49.


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The purpose of this paper is to critically review 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 are 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
ISSNs: 0925-7535 (print)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 74176
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 1996Published
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:07

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