Gestural Interaction on the Steering Wheel - Reducing the Visual Demands.

Tanja Döring, Dagmar Kern, Paul Marshall, Max Pfeiffer, Johannes Schöning, Volker Gruhn, Albrecht Schmidt

In: Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI-11) May 7-12 Vancouver BC Canada ACM 2011.


Cars offer an increasing number of infotainment systems as well as comfort functions that can be controlled by the driver. In our research, we investigate new interaction techniques that aim to make it easier to interact with these systems while driving. We suggest utilizing the steering wheel as an additional interaction surface. In this paper, we present two user studies conducted with a working prototype of a multi-touch steering wheel. In the first, we developed a user-defined steering wheel gesture set, and in the second, we applied the identified gestures and compared their application to conventional user interaction with infotainment systems in terms of driver distraction. The main outcome was that driver’s visual demand is reduced significantly by using gestural interaction on the multi- touch steering wheel.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence