I thought if in-vehicle interaction were as easy and spontaneous as our language, it would ensure safe driving. Through this research, I found drivers preferred gestural language to voice language when the control was simple and repetitive. This study investigates gestural interaction of secondary in-vehicle tasks while driving. I researched

functions that were most distractive to drivers and applied those to my new interaction. According to Paul Green, the most distractive in-vehicle interaction was audio and climate controls. Based on this research, I then applied audio and climate controls gestures as input for the interactions. The best eyes and hands position while driving was "Eyes on the road and Hands on the wheel." I installed two touch pads on the wheel to recognize gestures because it satisfied the "Hands on the wheel" gesture. The best interaction state of in-vehicle tasks was manual only state such as control of wipers and blinkers. This new interaction did not require any visual loads once drivers became accustomed to the gestures. "Manual only achieves the lowest drivers' distractions; therefore, the ultimate goal of guestural interaction will be aim for manual only task classification"."Interacting with the car" in IEE Computing & Engineering, by Pickering, Carl A, Feb/Mar2005, Vol. 16 Issue 1,P33. This means the drivers' eyes could look at the road without any visual disturbances while driving. My new gestural interaction of secondary in-vehicle tasks while driving does not have any small and grouped buttons, which make drivers' distractions and has nineteen functions.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Automobiles--Instrument panels--Design and construction; Traffic safety; Human engineering; Gesture; Automobile driving--Physiological aspects

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


David Morgan

Advisor/Committee Member

Esa M. Rantanen

Advisor/Committee Member

W. Michelle Harris


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