Study: satellite navigation systems distract drivers

22nd October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Complicated satellite navigation designs distract drivers and delay drivers’ reaction.

Groningen – Satellite navigation systems are a danger on the road, according to a study at Groningen University.

Psychologist Ellen Wilschut, who carried out tests with drivers of different age groups in a car simulator, concluded that present designs distract the driver with unnecessary information.

Her research showed that badly-designed satellite navigation system displays increase driver’s reaction time by a second.

Drivers aged between 50 and 70 were particularly liable to distraction by superfluous colours and symbols. But those aged between 20 and 25 were also confused by complicated satellite navigation system displays.

Wilschut concluded regulations governing satellite navigation system design should need tightening. She also said displays should be simpler to read, with clearer colour schemes.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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