Safe Adaptation in an Automotive Vehicle: The Driver Advocate

Bradford W. Miller, Noel Massey, and Robert M. Gardner

We are investigating the issues surrounding information presentation to a vehicle operator, to enhance their environmental awareness and provide better on-task performance, despite the presence of numerous distractions. Two trends have caused us to focus on this area. First, the increased availability of inexpensive sensors such as GPS, radar and video that can provide additional services to a driver, such as navigation assistance, automatic cruise control, and collision warnings. Second, drivers are tending to spend more time in their vehicle, and wish to make productive use of this time, either in office productivity tasks, or maintaining external relationships (e.g., using a cellular phone to participate in meetings or engage in social conversations).

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