Technical Reports

Cab Technology Integration Laboratory Demonstration with Moving Map Technology

  • 22
  • Mar
  • 2013
AUTHOR: Gina Melnik, Hadar Rosenhand, and Matthew Isaacs
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-13/14
SUBJECT: Human Factors, Operating Practices
KEYWORDS: CTILWEB, Cab Technology Integration Laboratory (CTIL), pilot experiment, moving map display, operator performance, safety, technology
ABSTRACT: A human performance study was conducted at the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) using a locomotive research simulator—the Cab Technology Integration Laboratory (CTIL)—that was acquired by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The primary objective of the study was to conduct a hands-on simulator training exercise and system demonstration. A moving map experiment was chosen for the study because FRA is interested in determining the human performance and safety implications of this technology following prior FRA research on preview information in cab displays (Einhorn, Sheridan & Multer, 2005). However, because surrogate (novice) engineers were used for the experiment instead of experienced locomotive engineers, the results have limited applicability. Lessons learned and general best practices for designing and running future CTIL experiments are discussed in this report. Possibilities for future research regarding operator use of moving map displays are also considered.
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