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"Reliance" and "Distraction" Effects in PTC Automation

  • 28
  • Nov
  • 1999
AUTHOR: Human Factors team at FRA
KEYWORDS: "Reliance" and "Distraction" Effects in PTC Automation
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This document was requested on 3/3/99 by the PTC Human Factors Team of the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) as part of the ongoing discussions of PTC standards. 

Questions have been raised about the possible propensity for a locomotive engineer or conductor to become over-reliant on PTC automation and/or to become distracted by the additional monitoring burdens required by the automation, and for these effects to compromise the performance of their duties and for safe and efficient train operation.