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"30Free4Thirty" Offers Top Human Factors Research on Humans and Automation

Monday, August 8, 2016

On August 4, HFES opened free access to 30 full-text peer-reviewed articles describing lab and field studies showing the challenges and opportunities of human-automation interaction. Research on that topic has a long and rich history in the human factors/ergonomics field, from the earliest flight control systems to the nascent “self-driving” vehicles such as those currently in development by Google and many auto manufacturers.


To advance the state of the science, and to assist vehicle and system designers in developing semiautonomous cars, trucks, and ships that are safe for human operators, 30Free4Thirty provides unprecedented access through September 2, 2016, to some of the most-read articles from the following publications:

  • Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

  • Journal of Cognitie Engineering and Decision Making

  • Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications

  • HFES Annual Meeting Proceedings

Topics covered in the open-access articles include

  • Complacency

  • Context-aware systems

  • Distraction

  • Mental workload

  • Situation awareness

  • Take-over control

  • Trust

  • Warnings

Although some of the articles address aircaft cockpit automation, many of the basic findings of those studies may be applicable to surface transportation systems and vehicles.

View the full list of articles at https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/HFES30Free4Thirty.

HFES members have complimentary access to all these publications and more



The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world's largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. "Human Factors and Ergonomics: People Friendly Design Through Science and Engineering."