Directional control–response compatibility of joystick steered shuttle cars

Burgess-Limerick, Robin, Zupanc, Christine M. and Wallis, Guy (2012) Directional control–response compatibility of joystick steered shuttle cars. Ergonomics, 55 10: 1278-1283. doi:10.1080/00140139.2012.700328

Author Burgess-Limerick, Robin
Zupanc, Christine M.
Wallis, Guy
Title Directional control–response compatibility of joystick steered shuttle cars
Journal name Ergonomics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0014-0139
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00140139.2012.700328
Volume 55
Issue 10
Start page 1278
End page 1283
Total pages 6
Place of publication Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Shuttle cars are an unusual class of vehicle operated in underground coal mines, sometimes in close proximity to pedestrians and steering errors may have very serious consequences. A directional control–response incompatibility has previously been described in shuttle cars which are controlled using a steering wheel oriented perpendicular to the direction of travel. Some other shuttle car operators are seated perpendicular to the direction of travel and steer the car via a seat mounted joystick. A virtual simulation was utilised to determine whether the steering arrangement in these vehicles maintains directional control–response compatibility. Twenty-four participants were randomly assigned to either a condition corresponding to this design (consistent direction), or a condition in which the directional steering response was reversed while driving in-bye (visual field compatible). Significantly less accurate steering performance was exhibited by the consistent direction group during the in-bye trials only. Shuttle cars which provide the joystick steering mechanism described here require operators to accommodate alternating compatible and incompatible directional control–response relationships with each change of car direction.
Keyword Steering
Directional compatibility
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under Short Communication. Version of record first published: 01 Aug 2012.

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