1991-02-01

Human Factors Issues Surrounding the Implementation of In-Vehicle Navigation and Information Systems 910870

Many questions surround the possible implementation of an advanced driver information system into passenger vehicles. The technology to relieve increasing traffic congestion problems exists today, but the methods to safely use this technology do not.There are many concerns in the government, industry, and academic communities surrounding the implementation of graphic display monitors inside passenger vehicles. This concern stems from recent studies on the effect of cellular phones, touch panels, and electronic navigational systems on driver attention demands.These studies show that driver attention is taken from the roadway to operate these systems. However, more research into basic human/vehicle ergonomics needs to be conducted in order to determine how the demands of in-vehicle electronics affect highway safety.Recommendations include: maintaining and broadening the scope of human factors research, continued use of field testing, the implementation of pre-production standards and regulations, increased driver education and training, and continuation of realistic engineered systems.

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