This book examines recent advances in theories, models, and methods relevant to automated and autonomous systems. The following chapters provide perspectives on modern autonomous systems, such as self-driving cars and unmanned aerial systems, directly from the professionals working with and studying them. Current theories surrounding topics such as vigilance, trust, and fatigue are examined throughout as predictors of human performance in the operation of automated systems.

The challenges related to attention and effort in autonomous vehicles described within give credence to still-developing methods of training and selecting operators of such unmanned systems. The book further recognizes the need for human-centered approaches to design; a carefully crafted automated technology that places the "human user" in the center of that design process.



  • Combines scientific theories with real-world applications where automated technologies are implemented
  • Disseminates new understanding as to how automation is now transitioning to autonomy
  • Highlights the role of individual and team characteristics in the piloting of unmanned systems and how models of human performance are applied in system design
  • Discusses methods for selecting and training individuals to succeed in an age of increasingly complex human-machine systems
  • Provides explicit benchmark comparisons of progress across the last few decades, and identifies future prognostications and the constraints that impinge upon these lines of progress

Human Performance in Automated and Autonomous Systems: Current Theory and Methods illustrates the modern scientific theories and methods to be applied in real-world automated technologies.

chapter 13|16 pages

To Autonomy and Beyond

chapter 14|36 pages

Teleology for Technology