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Title: Automotive automation: Investigating the impact on drivers' mental workload
Authors: Young, M S
Stanton, N A
Keywords: Automation;Active steering;Adaptive cruise
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Citation: International Journal of Cognitive Ergonomics. 1 (4) 325-336
Abstract: Recent advances in technology have meant that an increasing number of vehicle driving tasks are becoming automated. Such automation poses new problems for the ergonomist. Of particular concern in this paper are the twofold effects of automation on mental workload - novel technologies could increase attentional demand and workload, alternatively one could argue that fewer driving tasks will lead to the problem of reduced attentional demand and driver underload. A brief review of previous research is presented, followed by an overview of current research taking place in the Southampton Driving Simulator. Early results suggest that automation does reduce workload, and that underload is indeed a problem, with a significant proportion of drivers unable to effectively reclaim control of the vehicle in an automation failure scenario. Ultimately, this research and a subsequent program of studies will be interpreted within the framework of a recently proposed theory of action, with a view to maximizing both theoretical and applied benefits of this domain.
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