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The Multisensory Driver

Implications for Ergonomic Car Interface Design, 1st Edition

By Cristy Ho, Charles Spence

CRC Press

158 pages

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Driver inattention has been identified as one of the leading causes for car accidents. The problem of distraction while driving is likely to worsen, partly due to increasingly complex in-car technologies. However, intelligent transport systems are being developed to assist drivers and to ensure a safe road environment. One approach to the design of ergonomic automobile systems is to integrate our understanding of the human information processing systems into the design process. This book aims to further the design of ergonomic multisensory interfaces using research from the fast-growing field of cognitive neuroscience. It focuses on two aspects of driver information-processing in particular: multisensory interactions and the spatial distribution of attention in driving. The Multisensory Driver provides interface design guidelines together with a detailed review of current cognitive neuroscience and behavioural research in multisensory human perception, which will help the development of ergonomic interfaces. The discussion on spatial attention is particularly relevant for car interface designers, but it will also appeal to cognitive psychologists interested in spatial attention and the applications of these theoretical research findings. Giving a detailed description of a cohesive series of psychophysical experiments on multisensory warning signals, conducted in both laboratory and simulator settings, this book provides an approach for those in the engineering discipline who wish to test their systems with human observers.


'The knowledge and insight required in order to fully integrate research from a wide range of inter-related disciplines in this area is formidable, yet this book manages to achieve it. The attention to detail in the authors' own research questions and designs, and the expertise that they show in interpreting their own findings and placing them within the wider context of research, is exemplary. Anyone wishing to do research in this area would be well advised to read this book. The authors are also fully aware of the applied context in which their research is placed, so this book will be of great interest to practitioners and designers, who can rely on the intellectual skill of the authors to intepret for them the meaning, significance and appropriate application of research findings. You will not find a more detailed, insightful book on this topic' Judy Edworthy, University of Plymouth. UK 'Cristy Ho and Charles Spence bridge the theoretical and applied divide in The Multisensory Driver: Implications for Ergonomic Car Interface Design. An understanding of the multisensory processing of drivers is key to designing the next generation of information-rich passenger vehicles. The Multisensory Driver taps into core issues of what works and what doesn’t in designing warnings to keep drivers alert, aware and driving more safely.' Daniel V. McGehee, The University of Iowa, USA

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Driven to distraction; Driven to listen; The auditory spatial cuing of driver attention; The vibrotactile spatial cuing of driver attention; The multisensory perceptual versus decisional facilitation of driving; The multisensory spatial cuing of driver attention; Conclusions; References; Index.

About the Authors

Cristy Ho, is a Daiwa Scholar, at the Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation, Japan and Charles Spence is Professor of Experimental Psychology, at the Oxford University, UK.

About the Series

Human Factors in Road and Rail Transport

Human Factors in Road and Rail Transport
Today's society confronts major land transport problems. Human and financial costs of road vehicle crashes and rail incidents are increasing, with road vehicle crashes predicted to become the third largest cause of death and injury globally by 2020. Several social trends pose threats to safety, including increasing vehicle ownership and traffic congestion, advancing technological complexity at the human-vehicle interface, population ageing in the developed world, and ever greater numbers of younger vehicle drivers in the developing world. Ashgate's Human Factors in Road and Rail Transport series makes a timely contribution to these issues by focusing on human and organisational aspects of road and rail safety. The series responds to increasing demands for safe, efficient, economical and environmentally-friendly land-based transport. It does this by reporting on state-of-the-art science that may be applied to reduce vehicle collisions and improve vehicle usability as well as enhancing driver wellbeing and satisfaction. It achieves this by disseminating new theoretical and empirical research generated by specialists in the behavioural and allied disciplines, including traffic and transportation psychology, human factors and ergonomics. The series addresses such topics as driver behaviour and training, in-vehicle technology, driver health and driver assessment. Specially commissioned works from internationally recognised experts provide authoritative accounts of leading approaches to real-world problems in this important field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / Human-Computer Interaction
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering