–“Tengler Talks Driver Attention” is a three-part series about Steve Tengler’s recent written contributions to the Driver Attention/Distraction/Inattention discussion. Coming soon to the Altia blog: “SAE’s Hands-Free Definition” and “The Lorax of Driver Distraction.” Stay tuned – and drive safely! —
Steve Tengler Discusses Management of Driver Workload in HFES Journal
Before Steve Tengler (our esteemed User Experience Director) joined Altia, he managed the global HMI development team at OnStar. Steve was responsible for not only developing new and innovative in-vehicle technologies to aid, inform and entertain drivers, but also to deliver these new features and functionality via methods that were – first and foremost – safe.
Steve and Scott Geisler, Engineering Group Manager at General Motors, wrote an article introducing some of methods their development teams used to achieve these goals in an article titled “General Motors’ Approach to Managing Driver Workload: A Brief Overview.” This article is now available in the October 2011 issue of Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications (EID), a journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
The connected automotive environment presents drivers with unlimited opportunities for distraction, so it is imperative that developers of these connected systems approach design and development of these new systems with an unyielding focus on safety. In the article, Geilser and Tengler discuss how General Motors has framed their product test and assessment processes to assure delivery of safe features, with the ultimate goal of keeping the driver’s eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Want to read the article? This special “Science and Technology of Driver Distraction” issue is available for free access through March 31, 2012 from the journal’s website.