IS THE MOTOR VEHICLE (AND ITS DRIVER) PART OF A SYSTEM?

The taxonomy of systems is examined and the characteristics of well engineered systems are defined. The driver vehicle road (DVR) system is examined in these terms and compared with other systems used by the public, such as utilities, railways and air services. It is shown that in in the DVR system, control functions are largely absent and its capabilities are not matched with the wide range of input variables. This is inherently true for practically all countries irrespective of differences in traffic management. For historical, social and political reasons, roads have been required to serve many purposes without restriction or control. A number of target requirements are suggested that, if fulfilled, would have many beneficial effects including the reduction of road casualties by 90%, the easy introduction of advanced vehicle control systems and the reduction of alcoholism.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 10th annual conference of the Ergononics Society of Australia and New Zealand, Human Factors in Transportation, Sydney, Australia, Nov. 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    ARRB Group Ltd.

    Vermont South, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Bryant, JFM
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ARR #15
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM