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Usability Evaluation for In-Vehicle Systems


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Introduction. Context-of-Use as a Factor in Determining the Usability of In-Vehicle Information Systems. In-Vehicle Information Systems to Meet the Needs of Drivers. A Usability Evaluation Framework for In-Vehicle Information Systems. The Trade-Off between Context and Objectivity in an Analytic Evaluation of In-Vehicle Interfaces. To Twist or Poke? A Method for Identifying Usability Issues with Direct and Indirect Input Devices for Control of In-Vehicle Information Systems. Modelling the Hare and the Tortoise: Predicting IVIS Task Times for Fast, Middle, and Slow Person Performance using Critical Path Analysis. Visual Attention on the Move: There Is More to Modelling than Meets the Eye. Summary of Contributions and Future Challenges. References. Index.

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Harvey, Catherine; Stanton, Neville A.


" 'Ergonomics now more than ever has the potential to exert significant positive influence on the safety, efficiency, and enjoyment of driving.' This observation in Harvey and Stanton's conclusion succinctly sums up the perceptive material presented in this book which uses IVIS as a case study to describe how ergonomics methods can be put to good use. The book is a must read for students, practitioners and most importantly designers who bombard vulnerable users with what technology can offer rather than what it should offer in the context of use and human variability." -Professor Brian Peacock, PhD, National University of Singapore and SIM University " 'A surprise ending.' 'A real thriller.' None of these statements about Harvey and Stanton's Usability Evaluation for In-Vehicle Systems are true. This is, however, a very interesting, informative and useful book. Those involved in automotive user interface research and practice really should read and use it. The book nicely complements the existing literature, considering driver interfaces from a non-traditional human-computer interaction perspective. It gives due attention to activities in Europe of which non-Europeans may be unaware. It also provides balanced coverage of both evaluation and computational methods. I give it 10 thumbs up (for those that are all thumbs)." -Professor Paul Green, PhD, University of Michigan, USA " ... embeds the underlying science in a real-world context, giving readers an understanding of how this technology got into cars in the first place, why intended consequences don't always emerge in practice, and why. ... twists and pokes everything from BMW's iDrive system through to future technologies such as pre-collision avoidance and head-up displays. For engineers and designers, at last, here we have a book that goes further by providing actual methods that can be applied straight away, enabling you to link this rich state-of-the-art evidence-base to real-world practice. -Dr Guy Walker, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

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