Out now – Human-Automation Interaction Design: Developing a Vehicle Automation Assistant

I am really pleased to announce that our book is available to the public in both hardcover and electronic copy.

This book tackles fundamental issues in human-automation interaction for vehicles that will distribute control and responsibility between driver and automated system. We have laid out the book into four distinct sections covering scoping activities, pilot testing, designing, and experimental validation to show how interface designers can identify issues, generate solutions, and validate prototypes by using robust human-factors methods.

At the heart of the book is the application of human-human communication to human-machine interaction. This can be seen through a chapter looking into how shift-work handover takes place in domains such as healthcare, energy manufacturing and aviation, as well as the design of interfaces that are centred around anthropomorphic interfaces that use vocal interaction strategies which are common-place in human shift-work.

The book explores the role of communication and the nature of situation awareness, workload, usability, acceptance, and trust in automated vehicles, and creates new insights into how we can approach modern issues through cross-domain lessons. Within this work you will find examples methods such as:

  • Literature review on automated vehicle interfaces
  • Systematic review on human-human communication strategies
  • Cognitive Work Analysis (CWA)
  • Eye-tracking and attention
  • Design with Intent (DwI)
  • User-centred focus groups
  • High fidelity driving simulator experiments
  • Interface prototyping

Aimed at professionals, graduate students, and academic researchers in the fields of ergonomics, automotive engineering, transportation engineering, and human factors, if you are interested in human-automation interaction, then this book is for you.

Safe roads and public engagement with automated vehicle technology will fundamentally come down to how we interact with these systems. I hope that this book helps those looking to improve automated vehicle technology and give those that read it an introduction into how human-factors methods can be deployed at all stages of the design life-cycle.

“The book explores the role of communication and the nature of situation awareness in automated vehicles to ensure safe and usable automated vehicle operation. It covers the issue of interaction in automated vehicles by providing insight into communicative concepts, the transfer of control in human teams, and how these concepts can be applied in automated vehicles.

This is a timely text that explores one of the most important issues in society today. We have all become aware that automation is starting to dominate our lives. This text is a ‘bible’ for how this line of progress should proceed. Here, at last, are specifications for an intelligent avatar, our own technological champion, a computerize ‘guardian angel’ to watch over us and smooth our way through an ever more complex world. Buy it, read it, learn from it, and be happy such works are there to guide and inform a cognate plan for our human future.”Professor Peter Hancock, University of Central Florida, USA

You can buy our book here and at various distributors.

Thanks to all those who have assisted with this work, it’s a great achievement and I’m forever grateful for your support.

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