Development of a distraction safety rating system for the in-vehicle human machine interface
Submission Date: 2019
Drivers engage in a wide range of non-driving related tasks while driving that have potential to distract them and compromise their safety. These include interactions with infotainment systems built into the vehicle by vehicle manufacturers. Tasks can include communication, entertainment, navigation and internet browsing. Performing these tasks can degrade driving performance and increase crash risk. Not all infotainment technologies in new vehicles are equal in terms of their potential to distract. This paper documents the findings of a study commissioned by VicRoads to develop a test protocol for rating the distraction potential of new vehicles entering the Australian market. A Road Map is presented with options for introducing it as a consumer or NCAP distraction rating.