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The effect of train protection systems on train drivers’ visual attention

Naumann, Anja and Wörle, Johanna and Dietsch, Sandra (2016) The effect of train protection systems on train drivers’ visual attention. HFES Europe Chapter Annual Meeting, October 26-28, 2016, Prague, Czech Republic.

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Today, train protection systems are widely used to avoid critical situations in railway traffic. However, the train driver is still responsible for the continuous monitoring of signal aspects and the derivation of suitable actions. The question arises if, with train protection, also negative effects of automation may occur that reduce the capability to act quickly when necessary. Giesemann & Naumann (2015) describe the attention processes and the interrelations of causes regarding attention deficits in the context of the train drivers’ workplace in a system related onset model of attention deficits. Based on this model, in the present study, the German intermittent train protection system PZB was compared to a drive without train protection system, regarding visual attention. 20 experienced train drivers took part in this simulator experiment, driving both conditions in a balanced within-subject design. Task was to drive a 30min track according to a given timetable. Gaze direction and driving performance were recorded. As assumed, the train protection systems leads to complacency effects as well as a shift in visual attention from monitoring the rail track to the display when driving with train protection. Also, there is less cross-checking between the two information sources track and in cab display.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/105466/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:The effect of train protection systems on train drivers’ visual attention
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Naumann, AnjaGerman Aerospace Center, Institute of Transportation SystemsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dietsch, SandraGerman Aerospace Center, Institute of Transportation SystemsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:26 October 2016
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:eye movements, visual attention, rail human factors, train driver, train protection system, complacency
Event Title:HFES Europe Chapter Annual Meeting
Event Location:Prague, Czech Republic
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:October 26-28, 2016
Organizer:HFES Europte Chapter
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems
Deposited By: Naumann, Anja
Deposited On:16 Nov 2016 08:32
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:02

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