Human Factors Engineering in Train Cab Design—Prospects and Problems

Conference paper

Abstract

Background

The railway sector in Europe is currently going through major technical and organizational changes resulting in a more complex system with more interfaces between organizations and technologies. These changes require risk management of the interfaces between HuMans, Technologies and Organizations (MTO). The purpose of this paper is to discuss such changes and interfaces related to the train driver’s work task.

Methods

The paper presents some of the changes in the train driver’s work task as well as risks identified related to these changes.

Results

Examples of new risk situations for the train driver involves information overload and divided attention between information inside and outside the train cab.

Conclusions

The paper highlights the need for a systematic work process within the railway sector in general to manage issues related to the interaction between MTO.

Keywords

Train driver Railway ERTMS Human factors Engineering MTO 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MTO SafetyStockholmSweden

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