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Questions raised on the design of the "dead-man" device installed on trams

Abstract : The reappearance of the tram in French cities over the past twenty years has stimulated innovation. Ensuring the attractiveness of this transit mode has meant conveying a distinctly modern image of the system. Inherent in the resurgence of this transit mode, a safety device, in the form of a monitoring system (the "dead man's device" in rail parlance) intended to mitigate risks related to driver blackout, has been reconfigured to operate beyond the range of actual tram driving conditions. This new device, inspired by subway systems, has been introduced without inciting any examination of either the benefits or consequences, in terms of working and safety conditions, arising from such an alternative form of monitoring.
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Robin Foot, Ghislaine Doniol-Shaw. Questions raised on the design of the "dead-man" device installed on trams. Cognition Technology & Work, 2008, 10 (1), pp.41-51. ⟨halshs-00437501v2⟩

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