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Evaluation of different speech and touch interfaces to in-vehicle music retrieval systems

TitleEvaluation of different speech and touch interfaces to in-vehicle music retrieval systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGaray-Vega L., Pradhan AK, Weinberg G., Schmidt-Nielsen B., Harsham B., Shen Y., Divekar G., Romoser M, Knodler J.Michael A, Fisher DL
JournalAccident Analysis & Prevention
Start Page913
Date Published05/2010
KeywordsAttention, distraction, driving simulator, eye movement, iPod, Music retrieval systems

In-vehicle music retrieval systems are becoming more and more popular. Previous studies have shown that they pose a real hazard to drivers when the interface is a tactile one which requires multiple entries and a combination of manual control and visual feedback. Voice interfaces exist as an alternative. Such interfaces can require either multiple or single conversational turns. In this study, each of 17 participants between the ages of 18 and 30 years old was asked to use three different music retrieval systems (one with a multiple entry touch interface, the iPod, one with a multiple turn voice interface, interface B, and one with a single turn voice interface, interface C) while driving through a virtual world. Measures of secondary task performance, eye behavior, vehicle control, and workload were recorded. When compared with the touch interface, the voice interfaces reduced the total time drivers spent with their eyes off the forward roadway, especially in prolonged glances, as well as both the total number of glances away from the forward roadway and the perceived workload. Furthermore, when compared with driving without a secondary task, both voice interfaces did not significantly impact hazard anticipation, the frequency of long glances away from the forward roadway, or vehicle control. The multiple turn voice interface (B) significantly increased both the time it took drivers to complete the task and the workload. The implications for interface design and safety are discussed.