I am glad to be able to announce that I will be presenting our most recent paper called Type-O-Steer: Reimagining the Steering Wheel for Productive Non-Driving Related Tasks in Conditionally Automated Vehicles on Tuesday 11th June 2019, between 11.00-12.30 in room 9 at the Intelligent Vehicles Symposium by the IEEE Intelligent Transport Systems Society.
In this work, we merge concepts from traditional office ergonomics and human factors transport research to a prototypical steering wheel with an integrated QWERTZ keyboard. Its aim was to enable safe and productive typing in conditionally automated vehicles (SAE level 3), where users occasionally need to be able to resume driving. If office work on the commute should become reality in these vehicles, then, supporting text entry to be efficient and safe is essential, as it’s so integral to so many office activities, like writing emails. The user study has shown that an integrated haptic keyboard can reduce motor reaction time by approximately 40% in comparison to a “notebook on the lap”. Using a touch display as a potentially more flexible alternative, however, was unsuccessful. With it, users reported increased discomfort, higher frustration, and workload, but also looked way less at the road.
The temporary citation reference (for now, without DOI) is:
Schartmüller, C., Wintersberger, P., Frison, A.-K., & Riener, A. (2019). Type-o-Steer: Reimagining the Steering Wheel for Productive Non-Driving Related Tasks in Conditionally Automated Vehicles. In Proceedings of the 30th IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, IV’19 (p. In Press). Paris, France: IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society.