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Insights into an emergent and complex problem for in-vehicle technologies

by Australian Road Research Board on April 24, 2017

Driver distraction and the Human-Machine Interface (HMI):
Insights into an emergent and complex problem for in-vehicle technologies

OVERVIEW:
Professor Strayer and Associate Professor Coo per from the University of Utah will present an overview of their pioneering research conduct ed in partnership with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, investigating the distraction potential of new vehicle Driver-Vehicle Interfaces (DVI). 

DESCRIPTION:
Working with AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the professors developed and validated a metric of distraction associated with the  diversion of attention from driving.  Their contemporary research studies show that the  distraction potential discussed can be reliably measured and that cognitive workload systematically varies with the tasks performed by the driver when they interact with the HMI e.g. infotainment systems.  In addition, many activities, particularly newer voice-based inter actions such as using the phone and navigation, are associated with surprisingly high levels of mental workload.  Their studies, including the methodologies employed, results and implications will be discussed.

VICROADS DISTRACTION PROJECT:
VicRoads will also introduce the Towards Zero TAC-funded project addressing the distraction from in-vehicle technologies that involves assessing the design of the vehicle HMI and discuss its relationship to the University of Utah’s research.  The Australian Road Research Board is undertaking this work for VicRoads and it is supported by Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). 

Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017
Time: 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Venue: Sofitel Melbourne On Collins West Tower Suite Level 35, 25 Collins Street Melbourne, 3000

RSVP
kelly.imberger@roads.vic.gov.au By Friday 12 May 2017
A light refreshment, tea and coffee will be provided