Festschrift in honour of Professor Neville Stanton: A lone crusader in a world of driving simulators

Guy H. Walker, Alexander Eriksson, Jediah R. Clark, Mark S. Young

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The automotive future has always pointed to a world of intelligent co-pilots and robot cars, but perhaps no more so than Knight Rider. In this 1980's television series the fictional Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) was a supercomputer on wheels with 1000 megabytes of memory. The protagonist was Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent and the helpless. This was a shadowy flight into the trials and tribulations of different levels of automation, re-claiming control when automation failed, and a wilful, chatty computer co-driver. An amusing metaphor, perhaps, for the research impact made by Neville Stanton in the field of vehicle automation. Without question – to paraphrase the Knight Rider outro – “one man can make a difference”. This festschrift in Neville's honour tells the story of how.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103594
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Early online date7 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Driver feedback
  • Vehicle automation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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