Author(s): J. L. Nevins and I. S. Johnson
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 19, Number 1
Pages: 29 - 41
Cite this article: Nevins, J. L., Johnson, I. S., "MAN'S ROLE IN INTEGRATED VEHICULAR INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring 1972, pp. 29-41.
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Abstract: A new class of information processign systems has been proposed for vehicle and other process control (Refs. 1 and 2). These systems consist of computers, multiplexers, dedicated processors, displayes, sensors and effectors to execute subsystem checkout, control, communication, and data computational and reduction formerly handled by independent subsystems. This kind of information processing and data management system would relieve system operators of such tedious tasks as pre-flight subsystem checkout and periodic system status checks, and assist the crew in stepping through nominal and semi-nominal mission and functional sequences. Second, mission-oriented sequenes could be performed authomatically in response to macroscopic commands from the opertor. Most importantly, the control system would manage information to enable total crew cognizance and control of the state of the vehicle and its subsystems. The crew's role in this context is seeen to be one of vehicle and system monitor, sequence initiator and alternate sequence selector as well as performer of certain control and sensing tasks as alternatives to automated implementations of these tasks. The first two roles require ready availability of full information regarding system and vehicle sequence and status as well as alternative modes and sequences available as desired or required. This paper explores the above system and interface characteristics and the problems and constraints associated with the crew/system interface requirements . A prototype generalized display and command technique is described and discussed in light of system requirements.