The Car That Cares: Introducing an in-vehicle ambient light display to reduce cognitive load

Löcken, Andreas and Unni, Anirudh and Müller, Heiko and Rieger, Jochem and Heuten, Wilko and Boll, Susanne
Adjunct Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications
Driving is a cognitively demanding task. Hence, it is necessary to keep the driver's cognitive load in mind while designing new assistant systems. In this paper, we will present first goals of the recently started project "The Car That Cares". One goal is to keep the driver's workload low by adapting the information display to the driver's abilities and available cognitive resources. We want to find out if peripheral vision is a less demanded resource while driving and therefore propose ambient light as an alternative modality for information presentation. Furthermore, we present our approach to measure the driver's cognitive load using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and other techniques.
10 / 2013
Interdisciplinary Research Center on Critical Systems Engineering for Socio-Technical Systems