Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Can You Hear Me Now?

Another article pointing to cognitive time-sharing ...

"Emerging technology may add to drivers' distractions: Already, 8 percent of drivers say they have adjusted a DVD player for passengers while driving, 6 percent say they consulted a global positioning system and 6 percent say they have read or sent a text message while driving.

That's only likely to grow: The youngest drivers, ages 16-20, were far more likely to talk on a cell phone while driving (64 percent compared to 43 percent of all drivers) and even to read or send text messages while driving (32 percent compared to 6 percent of all drivers.)

"The bottom line is that attention is a zero sum game," said Dr. Steven Yantis, a professor at Johns Hopkins University's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. "If you shift attention from one area of perception, you will pay a price in another. Behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, that price may be extremely high if attention is diverted at the split second that the driving conditions change, for instance, when the driver in front of you hits the brakes.""   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

Driver Distraction - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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