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Streamlining Tactical Operator Handoffs During Multi-Vehicle Applications   (2022)
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Increased automation has shifted the operator control paradigm from a single operator controlling a single vehicle, to multiple operators collaborating to control multiple vehicles; this paradigm is known as m:N. Many questions remain unanswered in this new operational paradigm about the division of assets as workload for individual operators varies over time. This paper explores the management of workload by enabling operators to temporarily handoff vehicles among each other. A study was conducted to explore both a manual and assisted method for performing handoffs during manipulated contingency scenarios. The assisted handoff method allowed subjects to easily choose and group nominal and/or contingency vehicles. The number of contingencies was also manipulated to determine the effect workload had on how pilots utilized the ability to handoff vehicles. Results show subjects performed handoffs more often when there were more contingencies and when the assisted handoff tool was available. In addition, the assisted tool made subjects feel more comfortable, enabling them to feel like they could take longer to resolve contingency situations.
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air, aircraft, control, handoffs, human, m:N, mobility, operations, operator, shared, support, systems, uncrewed, urban, workload
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15th IFAC Symposium on Analysis, Design and Evaluation of Human Machine Systems HMS 2022, San José, USA (p.12-15). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ifacol.2022.10.235
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