Revisiting radio tuning: A secondary analysis comparing glance behavior across five vehicles


Visual-manual demand placed on drivers through interactions with operational functions, embedded telematics, infotainment systems, and nomadic technologies has raised concerns associated with diverting attention from the roadway. This analysis draws on data from field studies of five different infotainment systems representing a range of screen placements, types, and control characteristics that diverge in significant ways from the relatively standard car radio layout of previous generations. Participants performed a set of classic visual-manual radio tuning tasks under highway driving conditions. There were significant differences in task completion time, number of off-road glances, mean single off-road glance duration, and total off-road glance time across vehicles. These results highlight that the range of configurations appearing in modern infotainment systems have changed the extent to which they can be used in the classic radio tuning task to provide a standard demand benchmark.

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