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Human Reliability and Error in Transportation Systems


  • First book to cover the subject of human reliability across all types of transportation system

  • Accessible to readers with no previous knowledge in the field

  • Contains examples and test problems

  • The author has published 30 books and over 320 articles in the field, and has sat on the editorial boards of 8 international scientific journals


Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)

About this book


Each year billions of dollars are being spent to develop, manufacture, and operate transportation systems such as aircraft, ships, trains, and motor vehicles throughout the world. During their operation thousands of lives are lost annually due to various types accidents. Needless to say, approximately 70 to 90 percent of transportation crashes are the result of human error to a certain degree. Moreover, it may be added that human errors contribute significantly to most transportation crashes across all modes of transportation.

Human Reliability and Error in Transportation Systems is the first book to cover the subject of human reliability across all types of transportation systems. The material will be accessible to readers with no previous knowledge in the field, and is supported with a full explanation of the necessary mathematical concepts together with numerous examples and test problems.

Dr B.S. Dhillon is a professor of Engineering Management in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. He has published over 330 articles on engineering management, reliability, safety, etc. He is or has been on the editorial boards of 9 international scientific journals, he has served as General Chairman of two international conferences on reliability and quality, and he has been employed as a consultant to various organizations and bodies.


Human Error Human Failure Human Reliability Motor Transit Systems Transportation Systems accident calculus

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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From the reviews:

"‘Provide up-to-date coverage of the ongoing effort in human reliability and error in transportation systems, [and] also of useful developments in the general areas of human reliability, human factors, and human error’ … . The book under review is likely to be of most use to individuals … who need a quick refresher on how reliability concepts are currently being used in a variety of modern transportation-related settings." (Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Interfaces, Vol. 38 (5), 2008)

"The bibliography given in appendix makes this book useful to an engineer or analyst wanting to do serious study.

"However, the reviewer is of the opinion that the information compiled shall be useful for an analyst in identifying the causes and in selecting the mathematical approach for a specific application." (Krisnha B. Misra, International Journal of Performability Engineering, Vol. 5, (1), 2009)