Human Factors Engineering and Psychology in Highway Safety

  • Richard A. Olsen
Part of the Human Behavior and Environment book series (HUBE, volume 5)


Human factors engineering or human factors (HF), is one of several terms used to describe the art and science of systematically designing practical systems that include human operators or users, mechanisms or information, and environmental or situational constraints. The term, unfortunately, is interpreted very loosely by both the lay public and many non-HF specialists to include more general notions. In the discussion that follows, the engineering aspects of HF will be stressed. In this context, HF is the art of applying known principles of human perception and behavior (i.e., psychology) in the development of human-machine systems, so that the capabilities and limitations of the human are fully considered in the attempt to produce an efficient system capable of achieving its assigned goals within the expected environmental and social constraints.


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  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

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