In-Vehicle Technologies: Experience & Research

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This page is devoted to discussions regarding specific in-vehicle technologies: cell phones, navigation systems, night vision systems, wireless Internet, and information and entertainment systems, among others. The purpose is to provide an avenue for drivers to share their experiences with, and impressions of these technologies so that benefits of these systems can be realized without causing unsafe driver distraction. Although specific in-vehicle devices are emphasized here, comment and discussion relevant to other non-technological or conventional sources of distraction are also welcome. Be sure to take or view results of our informal polls.

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Cell Phones
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Navigation Systems
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Night Vision Systems
comments   a good idea   7/8/00 10:21:11 AM

comments   Do you own a Cadillac DeVille 2000 with the Night Vision system?   7/10/00 11:57:33 AM

comments   Agreed - good idea   7/12/00 3:16:41 AM

comments   Haven't actually seen one of these except on TV   7/15/00 1:16:43 AM

comments   A HUGE distraction for unqualified drivers   7/19/00 10:12:41 AM

comments   Re: A HUGE distraction......   7/19/00 11:14:39 AM

comments   Distraction or Driving Aid?   7/20/00 8:13:11 AM

comments   Training would NOT be a satisfactory solution   7/25/00 2:00:56 PM

comments   Good Idea   7/25/00 2:09:16 PM

comments   Technology Advancements are Guaranteed   7/25/00 7:29:48 PM

comments   HUDs in Cars: Theory and Practice   7/26/00 9:55:38 AM

comments   HUDs seem to be the Only safe method of conveying info to drivers   7/28/00 1:40:02 PM
Ted   Klumb
Private Citizen

Refering to: HUDs in Cars: Theory and Practice

Greetings: I just posted a comment before noticing yours. I am very concerned when it comes to driving and paying attention. HUDs seem to be very misunderstood. As a user of a HUD I can see why the Police use them and can't understand why HUDs are not explored more are a safe way to convey info to drivers. Many people theorize (I was one of the skeptics) but now that I use one it seems strange that they aren't in every large truck to prevent blind spots or are integrated with cell phone to make them safer. The HUD I am using is the DataVision that was made by Delco for police vehicles so it is not the small display that comes in some GM cars and is displayed on the windshield. Information is displayed on a clear combiner for better resolution and less head and eye movement. It seems to me that there is a big opportunity to provide the information that people want in a safer manner. You seem to be quite correct regarding pilots. Their "driving" is environment far more intense (especially when in attack mode or landing on an aircraft carrier) and the HUD is one of the few indespensible tools that pilots use. If anyone in the world had to deal with information overload it would be a combat pilot. They use the HUD, the radio and their skills and turn off the other distractions. The devil's advocate view might be interpreted that a rear/side view mirror, oil light, brake light, etc. would also be a distraction... I wish I could show you my HUD so that you could better understand my position but your assesment seems fair and reasonable. Ted Klumb

comments   DataVision HUD   7/28/00 1:48:43 PM

comments   Re: A Huge Distraction-No way   7/28/00 2:20:31 PM

comments   Training would NOT be a satisfactory solution- 3 other tools would be satisfactory   7/28/00 2:39:44 PM

comments    A HUGE distraction for unqualified drivers - Ol' Wives tale   7/31/00 7:53:19 PM

comments   DataVision HUD Reply with info   8/2/00 11:19:47 AM

comments   HUD Distractions - No way   8/2/00 12:55:21 PM

comments   Better headlights and or trainng instead?   8/5/00 9:12:50 AM

comments   HUDs in Cars: A suggestion...   8/5/00 6:53:52 PM

comments   Just-in-Time learning is the solution   8/8/00 3:49:31 PM

comments   Just-in-Time learning in cars   8/8/00 4:19:26 PM
Wireless Internet (E-mail)
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Information & Entertainment Systems