Research Results

A Preliminary Design for a Heads-Up Display for Rail Operations

  • 08
  • Aug
  • 2017
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
REPORT NUMBER: RR 17-08
SUBJECT: Intelligent Railroad Systems
KEYWORDS: CTILWEB, Heads-Up Display, situation awareness, engineer, locomotive, hybrid Cognitive Task Analysis, information requirements, head/body tracking
ABSTRACT: This research project designed a locomotive Heads-Up Display (HUD), a secondary display that helps the operator locate possible hazards in the surrounding environment while maintaining an awareness of the vehicle’s current state. HUDs are widely used in both military and commercial aviation and they are gradually being adopted in general aviation, but much less common in automobiles. A study that examined the usefulness of HUDs for locomotives concluded that they could help engineers avoid accidents and improve their performance.

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