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A Personalized Car: A study on how to apply personalization to a driver environment
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

An increasing amount of technology in cars makes new ideas and solutions necessary. This study will explore the idea of a personalized driver environment and investigate possible benefits and drawbacks with such a feature. The study consists of three parts: a pre-study exploring personalization, a survey investigating the attitudes towards personal settings, and finally an interview testing a specific solution. The survey was distributed in USA and Sweden while the interviews were conducted with Swedish subjects.

Overall, the concept of a personalized car has been well received. This study has shown that the most requested settings are associated with the driver position, hi-fi system and climate. The study also suggests that feeling in control of the personalization is more important than the benefits associated with automation. The user prefers visible solutions, such as a personal button on the key before hidden (e.g. using a button sequence or a menu system). Such a button promotes the feature while allowing the user to interact with the car in a familiar way. However, since little real user experience exists with such solutions it is important to continue research when further developing personalization of a car.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för datavetenskap , 2006. , 137 p.
Keyword [en]
Personalization, HMI, personal settings, driver environment, customization, user experience
National Category
Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-7795ISRN: LIU-KOGVET-D--06/18--SEOAI: diva2:22739
2006-10-13, Herbert Simon, E, Institutionen för datavetenskap, Linköping, 13:15
Available from: 2006-12-29 Created: 2006-12-29

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