SatNav or SatNag? A Case Study Analysis of Evolving HCI Issues for In-Car Computing

SatNav or SatNag? A Case Study Analysis of Evolving HCI Issues for In-Car Computing

G.E. Burnett (University of Nottingham, UK)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/jmhci.2009070107
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Abstract

A wide range of in-car computing systems are either already in existence or under development which aim to improve the safety, efficiency and the comfort/pleasure of the driving experience. Several unique forces act on the design process for this technology which must be understood by HCI researchers. In particular, this is an area in which safety concerns dominate perspectives. In this position paper, I have used a case study system (vehicle navigation) to illustrate the evolution of some key HCI design issues that have arisen in the last twenty years as this in-car technology has matured. Fundamentally, I argue that, whilst HCI research has had an influence on current designs for vehicle navigation systems; this has not always been in a wholly positive direction. Future research must take a holistic viewpoint and consider the full range of impacts that in-car computing systems can have on the driving task.

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