The HFES Forensics Professional Group is pleased to announce the release of the new two-video set, "Mock Trial: Human Factors of Adaptive Cruise Control, Parts I & II." The mock trial, organized and chaired by HFES members Ian Noy and Alison Vredenburgh, was presented during the International Ergonomics Association XIVth Triennial Congress/Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 44th Annual Meeting, held July 30-August 4, 2000, in San Diego, California.
This video, aimed at educating audiences concerning forensics, automobile safety, and human factors design issues, presents a fictitious case to demonstrate the human factors issues concerning an advanced automobile technology: adaptive cruise control (ACC). In this case, a collision occurred involving an ACC system. Design issues and user behavior are discussed. The first tape contains testimony from the plaintiff's expert, and the second tape includes testimony from the defense expert. Both tapes include commentary from participants who discuss key aspects of the litigation process.
The video will be useful in courses on law, human factors, safety, and industrial engineering/psychology. It is also appropriate for presentations to auto makers and attendees of professional meetings addressing vehicle safety or human factors/ergonomics design.
The presentation features Rudolf Mortimer as the paintiff's expert and Kenneth R. Laughery, Sr., as the defense expert. Richard Hornick, David Thompson, and Richard Olsen are the commentators. Three practicing attorneys play the roles of plaintiff (Barbara Savaglio) and defense attorneys (Patricia Ryan) and presiding judge (James R. Spangler).