1st Edition

Human Factors in Automotive Engineering and Technology

By Guy H. Walker, Neville A. Stanton Copyright 2015
    by CRC Press

    326 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Offering a unique perspective on vehicle design and on new developments in vehicle technology, this book seeks to bridge the gap between engineers, who design and build cars, and human factors, as a body of knowledge with considerable value in this domain. The work that forms the basis of the book represents more than 40 years of experience by the authors. Human Factors in Automotive Engineering and Technology imparts the authors' scientific background in human factors by way of actionable design guidance, combined with a set of case studies highly relevant to current technological challenges in vehicle design. The book presents a novel and accessible insight into a body of knowledge that will enable students, professionals and engineers to add significant value to their work.

    The Car of the Future, Here Today. A Technology Timeline. Lessons from Aviation. Defining Driving. Describing Driver Error. Examining Driver Error and its Causes. A Psychological Model of Driving. Vehicle Feedback and Driver Situational Awareness. Vehicle Automation and Driver Workload. Automation Displays. Trust in Vehicle Technology. A Systems View of Vehicle Automation. Conclusions. Appendix. Further Reading. References. Bibliography. Index.


    Dr Guy Walker is an Associate Professor within the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He lectures on transportation engineering and human factors and is the author/co-author of ninety peer reviewed journal articles and eleven books. He and his co-authors have been awarded the Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF) President’s Medal for the practical application of Ergonomics theory, the Peter Vulcan prize for best research paper, and Heriot-Watt’s Graduate’s Prize for inspirational teaching. Dr Walker has a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton, a PhD in Human Factors from Brunel University, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland. His research interests are wide ranging, spanning driver behaviour and the role of feedback in vehicles, using human factors methods to analyse black-box data recordings, the application of sociotechnical systems theory to the design and evaluation of transportation systems, through to self-explaining roads and driver behaviour in road works. His research has featured in the popular media, from national newspapers, TV and radio through to an appearance on the Discovery Channel. Professor Neville A Stanton, PhD, is both a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Engineer and holds the Chair in Human Factors in the Engineering Centre of Excellence at the University of Southampton. He has degrees in Psychology, Applied Psychology and Human Factors and has worked at the Universities of Aston, Brunel, Cornell and MIT. His research interests include modelling, predicting and analysing human performance in transport systems as well as designing the interfaces between humans and technology. Professor Stanton has worked on cockpit design in automobiles and aircraft over the past 25 years, working on a variety of automation projects. He has published 30 books and over 2