The Effect of Vehicle Navigation Systems on the Formation of Cognitive Maps

Vehicle navigation systems aim to support drivers in strategic - e.g., route choice - and tactical components of the overall driving task, and. as such, they provide a relatively novel means by which individuals acquire and use spatial information. There has been considerable interest from researchers and practitioners in the design and evaluation of user interface for vehicle navigation systems. This emphasis is to be expected given that this technology is arguably the most sophisticated with which drivers have had to interact with vehicles. A mediating factor critical to these issues concerns the extent to which drivers develop a cognitive map when using a vehicle navigating system. The level of such internal knowledge will inevitably affect dependency on an external source of navigation information. Although there have been numerous mentions on the importance of this issue, remarkably few empirical studies have been undertaken. Furthermore, existing studies have been limited in three key aspects: requiring drivers passively to watch videos of interconnected routes while listening to navigation decisions, rather than actively partaking in navigation tasks; artificially motivating participants to learn the area to which they are traveling, by continually testing cognitive map development; and utilizing indirect rather than direct measures of cognitive map development. This paper aims to provide some preliminary data related to the impact of vehicle navigation system use on the formation of drivers' cognitive maps.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 407-418
  • Monograph Title: Traffic and Transport Psychology: Theory and Application. Proceedings of the ICTTP 2004

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  • Accession Number: 01006721
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080443796
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 2005 2:01PM