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Driver-passenger collaboration as a basis for human-machine interface design for vehicle navigation systems

Antrobus, Vicki; Burnett, Gary; Krehl, Claudia


Vicki Antrobus

Gary Burnett

Claudia Krehl


Human Factors concerns exist with vehicle navigation systems, particularly relating to the effects of current Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs) on driver disengagement from the environment. A road study was conducted aiming to provide initial input for the development of intelligent HMIs for in-vehicle systems, using the traditional collaborative navigation relationship between the driver and passenger to inform future design. Sixteen drivers navigated a predefined route in the city of Coventry, UK with the assistance of an existing vehicle navigation system (SatNav), whereas a further 16 followed the navigational prompts of a passenger who had been trained along the same route. Results found that there were no significant differences in the number of navigational errors made on route for the two different methods. However, drivers utilising a collaborative navigation approach had significantly better landmark and route knowledge than their SatNav counterparts. Analysis of individual collaborative transcripts revealed the large individual differences in descriptor use by passengers and reference to environmental landmarks, illustrating the potential for the replacement of distance descriptors in vehicle navigation systems. Results are discussed in the context of future HMIs modelled on a collaborative navigation relationship.


Antrobus, V., Burnett, G., & Krehl, C. (2016). Driver-passenger collaboration as a basis for human-machine interface design for vehicle navigation systems. Ergonomics, 60(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 24, 2016
Publication Date Jun 3, 2016
Deposit Date Aug 16, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 16, 2017
Journal Ergonomics
Print ISSN 0014-0139
Electronic ISSN 1366-5847
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Issue 3
Keywords In-vehicle navigation systems; adaptive interfaces; landmarks; collaboration
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