Acceptance of new technology and systems by drivers is an important area of concern to governments, automotive manufacturers and equipment suppliers, especially technology that has significant potential to enhance safety. To be acceptable, new technology must be useful and satisfying to use. If not, drivers will not want to have it, in which case it will never achieve the intended safety benefit. Even if they have the technology, drivers may not use it if it is deemed unacceptable, or may not use it in the manner intended by the designer. At worst, they may seek to disable it. This book brings, into a single edited volume, the accumulating body of work on driver and operator acceptance of new technology. Bringing together contributions from international experts in their field, the editors have shaped a book that covers the theory behind acceptance, how it can be measured and how it can be improved. Case studies are presented that provide data on driver acceptance for new and emerging vehicle technology. Although driver acceptance is the central focus of this book, acceptance of new technology by operators in other domains, and across cultures, is also investigated. Similarly, perspectives are obtained from domains such as human computer interaction, where user acceptance has long been regarded as a key driver of product success.This book comes at a critical time in the history of the modern motor vehicle, as the number of new technologies entering the modern vehicle cockpit rapidly escalates. The goal of this book is to inspire further research and development of new vehicle technology to optimise user acceptance and, in doing so, to maximise its potential to save human lives.


The wearables world is heading for London

The biggest dedicated event for wearable technology is launching at London’s Olympia on the 18th & 19th March 2014. With under two weeks to go to The Wearable Technology Show, delegates from across the globe are heading for London…

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A Smart Wristband Adds You to the Internet of Things

Jawbone’s New Wristband Adds You to the Internet of Things

Jawbone’s new activity-tracking wristband can be used to start your coffeemaker when you get up.

By Rachel Metz on November 13, 2013 @MIT technology review

Programmable Switches that are touch sensitive, by Basalte

The new and stylish programmable switch, called the Sentido by Basalte, redefines home lighting, allowing you to activate or de-activate multiple lights by the stroke of a finger. With a smooth and sensitive surface area, the switch keenly recognizes varying finger movements and instantly provides the requested function. Lights on/lights off has never been easier. The Sentido boasts a simple exterior, polished by touch-sensitive brushed aluminum. Once you learn the various functions, you can swipe, swivel or tap your way to happiness. Each touch makes a difference. And, if you can’t find the switch in the dark, look for a bright blue light – a special feature added for your convenience. The Sentido also has a built-in temperature sensor, which displays the room temperature on the home automation system. From any room on any floor, the Sentido switch will brighten your home with new possibilities. Check it out at Basalte.


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