Thursday, July 28, 2005

Why backseat drivers are less trouble than a mobile phone

Back seat driver = 1, cell phone = 0 ...

"Scientists have revealed why driving and talking on a mobile phone is more distracting than carrying out a conversation with a passenger.

They found that as the car moves, the mobile phone switches continually between base stations - causing a loss of sound quality with interruptions, making the motorist's brain work harder to hear the other person. This leaves fewer auditory resources to allocate to events outside the car.

Dr Takashi Hamada, of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo, measured the sound quality of phone calls in parked cars and in cars travelling at 65kph (40mph)."   continued ...   (Via Scotsman)

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

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