A special article collection on the human side of autonomous driving features Embry-Riddle research that looks at how positive and negative media portrayals of driverless vehicles affect consumer perceptions of the technology.
The article collection, published by Elsevier and freely available until Dec. 31, 2018, covers six levels of automation, from none to hands-off driving. The editors note, however, that “regardless of the level of automation we reach, there will always be a human side to autonomous driving, whether it’s the psychology behind getting people into self-driving cars or the policy implications of the technology.”
In a pair of Embry-Riddle studies, people were more willing to ride in driverless vehicles after hearing positive information about them, and less willing to ride after hearing negative information. Because people from India are significantly more willing to ride in driverless vehicles compared to Americans, the researchers also looked at the effect of nationality on an individual’s willingness to forego a human driver. Females from India had the highest willingness-to-ride scores, researchers found.
The Embry-Riddle team was directed by Scott Winter, a faculty member in the College of Aviation’s School of Graduate Studies, and colleague Stephen Rice of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology Department on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., Campus. Student Emily Anania served as first author of the research. Co-authors were students Nathan Walters, Matthew Pierce and Mattie Milner.
Flight Level Engineering (FLE), the first company to join the Customized Business Acceleration Program at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex), was recently featured in Aviation Week and Space Technology.
Embry-Riddle Central & South America invites talented Brazilian aviation leaders to apply for a highly competitive Aviation Management Program, which will be offered free of charge to 30 aviation professionals.
If selected, aviation executives and professionals will take part in a 15-month professional education program encompassing all facets of aviation management, said Fabio Campos, executive director of Embry-Riddle Central & South America.
The program helps build workforce capacity for Brazil’s growing aviation industry. It is offered by Brazil’s Institute of Transportation Logistics (ITL), the Social and Educational Services of Transportation (SEST SENAT) and the National Transportation Confederation (CNT), in partnership with the Brazilian Airlines Association (ABEAR).
Now entering its third year, a first cohort of students took part in a graduation ceremony on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus in fall 2017. The second class is set to graduate in October 2018.
Online applications are now being accepted, through July 27, via the website: www.itl.org.br.
Dr. Bijan Vasigh, professor of economics and finance at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, stated his belief that aircraft safety could be compromised if the number of required flight hours for pilots were to be reduced, in an interview with The Points Guy. Experience, he said, minimizes accidents.
"[The Pilot] shortage could be overcome, rather than by cutting hours, by having applicable training for more people, making the job for the pilot more effective, and higher wages," Vasigh said.
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Kimberly J. Becker, president and CEO of San Diego County Regional Airport, will serve as commencement speaker for Embry-Riddle Worldwide San Diego (California) Campus’ Spring graduation ceremony.
Embry–Riddle’s flight training media production group, Special VFR Productions, has received a bronze award in the Non-Broadcast Educational Video category at the 39th Annual Telly Awards.