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Driver Interface

The Driver Interface Group assists in developing and evaluating driver-operated equipment, controls, and devices in motor vehicles to make these systems safe and easy to use.  The group is also working on extensions of its knowledge to other contexts such as medical devices. Working in partnership with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, the group evaluates the design and usability of vehicle controls, displays, and information systems, and, most recently, the operation of partially autonomous vehicles. Researchers in the Driver Interface Group also conduct research to quantify driver workload and evaluate driver distraction. The team is particularly interested in driver distraction as it relates to using devices such as navigation systems or understanding vehicle displays and manipulating controls while driving. The six-member Driver Interface team typically consists of several university students who conduct much of the research along with professional staff, using various driving simulators as well as instrumented vehicles.

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