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Train driver attention is influenced by the type of railway signalling system
Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut, Människan i transportsystemet, MTS, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1849-9722
Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut, Förare och fordon, FOF, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5586-3688
Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut, Förare och fordon, FOF, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3939-062x
Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut, Människan i transportsystemet, MTS, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4134-0303
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2022 (English)In: DDI 2022 Gothenburg: Abstract book, Göteborg: Safer , 2022, p. 50-52Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) will replace national standards with the aim to promote cross-border traffic and enhance efficiency. The transition involves a shift from lineside signalling to mostly in- cabin information via a Driver Machine Interface (DMI). Previous research indicates that this may lead to a decrease in driver attention to the outside world and to a decrease in workload, leading to boredom. Using a train simulator, 41 participants drove the same track with the ERTMS system and the Swedish national standard (ATC) while wearing eye- tracking equipment. Subjective workload and boredom assessments were made after each drive. An analysis of the first set of reduced data (15 participants) showed that the formal attentional requirements like the monitoring of speed changes and signals were fulfilled in almost all cases, regardless of system. Overall, however, the data indicate that in line with previous research the drivers focus their attention more to the inside of the train when using the ERTMS system. This is corroborated by the finding that horn blowing is slightly delayed with the ERTMS system. Perceived workload was generally low, with the ERTMS system experienced to be more boring. We draw the preliminary conclusion that while formal attentional requirements are fulfilled for both systems, the ERTMS system likely has a tendency to pull the drivers’ overall attention inwards. Given that for the ERTMS system most relevant information is presented inside of the train on the DMI, this is not surprising, but needs to be addressed by the authorities.

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Göteborg: Safer , 2022. p. 50-52
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-197368OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-197368DiVA, id: diva2:1793671
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The 8th international conference on driver distraction and inattention. Lindholmen Conference Centre & online October 19–20, 2022
Available from: 2023-09-01 Created: 2023-09-01 Last updated: 2023-09-01

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