Design and Make Aware: Virtues and Limitations of Designing for Natural Breakpoints in Multitasking Settings

CP Janssen, Duncan Brumby
in Automotive UI 2011: Workshop on Cognitive Load and In-Vehicle Human-Machine Interaction, Conference abstract/presentation slides, Salzburg, Austria

Abstract

Drivers are frequently observed interacting with in-car devices despite the well-documented dangers and (financial) penalties of such behavior. It is therefore useful to think about how to make such in-car multitasking situations safer. In this position paper we discuss how the consideration of "natural breakpoints" in tasks can be useful. We discuss the virtues of designing for such breakpoints, but also highlight limitations especially related to people's awareness of their performance.