HFES Policy Statements

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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Policy Statement on

Airline Seating


Outdated FAA data regarding passengers’ size and weight place air passengers at risk with regard to safety, health and comfort. HFES endorses a number of changes to airline  seating based on the considerable human factors scientific data relevant to this subject. 

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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Policy Statement on

Autonomous and Semiautonomous Vehicles


Semiautonomous and highly autonomous vehicles have the potential to enhance the safety and efficiency of the American transportation system. However, automated driving technologies significantly affect human performance, potentially negating those benefits, and should be designed and tested to address human performance issues before being introduced onto public roads. The human performance issues that automated driving technologies could introduce include loss of driver engagement and low situation awareness,[1-3] poor understanding of and overreliance on automated systems,[4-6] and loss of manual skills needed for performance and decision-making.[7, 8]

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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Policy Statement on

Human Systems Integration

The goal of Human Systems Integration (HSI) is “to optimize total system performance and total ownership costs, while ensuring that the system is designed, operated, and maintained to effectively provide the user with the ability to complete their mission”[1]. HSI is an “umbrella” discipline and management approach that orchestrates the efforts of selected people-related disciplines; seeks to optimize the integration of humans with complex systems; maximizes the performance of system-related humans during system operation, maintenance and support; and, minimizes customer life-cycle costs related to personnel (e.g., acquisition, healthcare, safety, education and training, berthing, compensation, moving, and personnel management). HSI reduces total system costs as well the potential for costly accidents [2, 7].

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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Position on AV START Act [S.1885] 

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) opposes the proposed AV START Act [S.1885] being considered by the US Senate.  Please select the link below to read the Society's concerns about the bill.

Download a PDF of the entire position statement here.