An integrated unmanned aerial system (UAS) team is composed of multi-tiered partnerships between at least four distributed entities: the vehicle itself, the vehicle operator(s), the military command team, and the ground team. In this team structure, effective communication, information exchange, and situation awareness within and amongst each entity is critical. While miscommunications can be mitigated through current training strategies and vehicle design, trust plays an important role in these interactions. We have constructed a model of integrated team trust. An extension of this model, directed at distributed trust, is shown to be essential for military teams with integrated UAS. Consequently, we demonstrate the importance of calibrating trust within the team, and in particular the human-UAS partnership.
Oleson, K. E.,
Hancock, P. A.,
Billings, D. R.,
& Schesser, C. D.
(2011). Trust in Unmanned Aerial Systems: A Synthetic, Distributed Trust Model. 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 469-474.