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Augmented Reality for Railroad Operations Using Head-up Displays

Document Series
Technical Reports
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
Subject Human Factors
KEYWORDS: Augmented reality, head-up displays, eye tracking, head tracking, locomotive, cognitive evaluation, train simulator, human factors

A team from MIT’s Human Systems Laboratory designed the locomotive HUD as a wide field of view augmented reality head-up display (AR-HUD). The technical feasibility of an AR-HUD was assessed through literature review and hardware tests. To study human factors issues, an AR-HUD prototype was designed, reviewed by experienced engineers, then implemented in the FRA Cab Technology Integration Laboratory simulator. The engineers’ behavior was not significantly altered and using the AR-HUD reduced the time spent looking away from the forward view. Subjective feedback from the engineers confirmed the acceptability and potential benefit of using HUDs.

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Last updated: Friday, August 11, 2023