Multimodal Transportation Human Factors Issues: Inattentional and Change

There have been a number of studies that show, that observers attending to a particular object or event often fail to report either the presence of unexpected items (inattentional blindness) or the presence of large changes in a display when these changes occur simultaneously with a transient such as an eye movement (change blindness). These phenomena affect all transportation modes. Examples of how they could manifest themselves include pilots not seeing an aircraft on the runway or missing important information on the cockpit display, or motorists not reacting to highway signage. This project responds to the mission of the Department of Transportation to enhance transportation safety. The study will compile information on inattentional and change blindness as it affects transportation operations. The information will be based primarily on a literature survey. Volpe will analyze the information on the basis of function and mode. Volpe will prepare a report that will (a) include findings on the extent to which inattentional and change blindness decrease the safety of the nation's transportation system (b) recommendations for a future study on mitigating the effects of inattentional and change blindness on those who operate the transportation conveyances and those who provide support.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Transportation, Planning, Research and Development


  • English


  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Secretary
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Konheim, Arnold

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Principal Investigators:

    Popkin, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20080801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 35209

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01492340
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTOS59-10-M-00783, 75000
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2013 1:00AM