Human Factors and Systems Engineering of a Camera/Video Imaging System

Camera/Video Imaging Systems (C/VISs) display live video images collected from cameras mounted on a truck’s exterior to drivers using monitors mounted inside the truck cabin. C/VISs are designed to provide a low-cost countermeasure to crashes resulting from improper lane changes and backing maneuvers by increasing drivers’ visibility of the area around their truck. Under the United States Department of Transportation’s indirect visibility research program, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) was contracted to investigate the utility of C/VISs and drivers’ acceptance of them. At the onset of this program in 2003, C/VISs were already commercially available, yet little was known about their effectiveness. VTTI identified drivers’ C/VIS needs and developed numerous C/VIS concepts. A series of usability tests and controlled experiments were then performed over three major research phases. The findings from each phase were used to iterate the C/VIS design and produce system requirements for a C/VIS that simplified the driving task and improved drivers’ spatial awareness. This paper documents the human factors and systems engineering approach followed throughout the C/VIS research program, where C/VIS requirements were incrementally developed using an iterative and controlled process that involved collaboration between multiple disciplines and focused on the drivers’ needs.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 19p
  • Monograph Title: 18th ITS World Congress, Orlando, 2011. Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01484692
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2013 2:42PM