Eco-driving has the potential to save fuel and reduce emissions without having to make any changes to vehicles or road infrastructure. This book provides an in-depth understanding of the contemporary issues in the human factors aspects of eco-driving strategies and interfaces and the effects on driver behaviour. A review of the literature concerning design, behaviour, and energy use led to an exploration of Ecological Interface Design, and the Skills, Rules, and Knowledge (SRK) taxonomy of human behaviour, particularly with regard to haptic information presented through the accelerator pedal. This book explains that eco-driving can be performed by anyone in control of a vehicle.
Eco-Driving: From Strategies to Interfaces comes at an important time for humans in our race towards saving our life-supporting environment. McIlroy and Stanton apply a Human Factors and Ergonomics approach to demonstrate how we might design vehicle interfaces to achieve significant reductions in harmful atmospheric emissions through enabling more responsible driver behaviour. McIlroy and Stanton raise an interesting set of questions for future researchers to build on such as human interactions with regenerative braking, the impacts on traffic system design, and which haptic displays may be appropriate.
Professor Andrew Thatcher, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
With sustainability as a key design goal for road transport systems, the topic of eco-driving is gaining increasing importance. Despite this, there is still a considerable lack of literature addressing eco-driving behaviors as well as the question how to best support drivers. This book steps into this gap and addresses several core issues such as the eco-driving strategies drivers use, the cognitive structure of these strategies as well as the best ways to assist drivers. McIlroy and Stanton apply well-proven human factors methods expertly to this domain and compile a helpful and much-needed contribution, both for researchers and for practitioners.
Professor Thomas Franke, University of Lübeck, Germany
Technology is changing what it means to drive, and the race is on to define the next generation displays and controls. This design challenge requires not just rethinking vehicle displays, but also rethinking the theoretical basis of vehicle interface design. McIlroy and Stanton provide such a rethinking through a deep analysis of ecological interface design. Ecological interface design is a powerful approach, but is rarely applied to driving and rarely considers anything but a graphical interface. McIlroy and Stanton address these limits and extend ecological interface design to eco-driving. This is an excellent demonstration of how to think differently about interface design for cars.
Professor John D. Lee, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Introduction. Design, Behaviour, and Energy Use. Driving and the Environment: An Exploratory Survey Study. Verbal Reports: An Exploratory On-Road Study. Two Decades of Ecological Interface Design, and the Importance of the SRK Taxonomy. A Decision Ladder Analysis of Eco-Driving: The First Step Towards Fuel-Efficient Driving Behaviour. In-Vehicle Information System Design. Ecological Driving with Multi-Sensory Information. When to Give Those Good Vibrations. Conclusions and Future Work. References. Appendices.
This series will bring the very latest theoretical and practical research on transportation together, to guide concepts, design, development, and evaluation of current and future transportation vehicles and systems across the domains of Aviation, Maritime, Rail, and Road. This series will attract the best academics and practitioners in the field of Human Factors Engineering so that they can communicate their contemporary work to a large audience worldwide. Emphasis will be given to providing examples and case studies through the use of Human Factors methods.