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Advances of Human Factors Research for Future Vehicular Technology

Call for Papers

Although automotive human factors research begun after the World War II, automotive technology has developed to adapt the vehicle to the human operator since it was born, with the initial focus being on steering wheel and foot brake pedal and methods to illuminate the road at night. For many decades, human factors research concerned mainly cabin layout, visibility, and handling. More recently, with the introduction of driver assistance systems, there has been a resurgence of quantitative studies of driver behavior on real roads and driving simulators to help design and evaluate those systems. That line of human factors research will continue as vehicle automation increases. Another line of research concerns driver distraction, with a special concern being the use of mobile devices such as as cellular phones when the vehicle is in motion. Further, the internet environment is being brought into the vehicle: make the vehicle a “node in the network.” The implementation of driver assistance and information system has resulted in a shift in automotive human factors research. We invite authors to submit original research articles as well as review articles that describe recent developments in automotive human factors research as well as directions for the future. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Driver assistance systems (studies to help design and evaluate them, personalization, use of and reliance upon partially and fully automated systems)
  • Driver interfaces, distraction, and workload (methods for assessment and evaluation, speech interfaces, gestures, HUDs, warnings, general issues of interaction design)
  • Ethnographic and other new methods for studying on driver's behavior and emotional responses to vehicle
  • Service engineering studies of vehicle mobility and internet services

To encourage the application of findings, authors are requested, if pertinent, to identify the relevant sections of ISO, SAE, JSAE standards and government regulations and policies or corporate practices to which their research applies.

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijvt/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 14 September 2012
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 7 December 2012
Publication DateFriday, 1 February 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Motoyuki Akamatsu, Human Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba 305-8566, Japan

Guest Editors

  • Paul Green, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2150, USA
  • Klaus Bengler, Institute of Ergonomics, Technische Universität München, 85747 Garching, Germany