Four Eyes See More Than Two: Shared Gaze in the Car

  • Sandra Trösterer
  • Magdalena Gärtner
  • Martin Wuchse
  • Bernhard Maurer
  • Axel Baumgartner
  • Alexander Meschtscherjakov
  • Manfred Tscheligi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9297)


Purposeful collaboration of driver and front-seat passenger can help in demanding driving situations and therefore increase safety. The characteristics of the car, as a context, limit the collaboration possibilities of the driver and front-seat passenger, though. In this paper, we present an approach that supports successful collaboration of the driver and front-seat passenger with regard to the contextual specifics. By capturing the front-seat passenger’s gaze and visualizing it for the driver, we create a collaborative space for information sharing in the car. We present the results from a study investigating the potentials of the co-driver’s gaze as means to support the driver during a navigational task. Our results confirm that the co-driver’s gaze can serve as helpful means to support the collaboration of driver and front-seat passenger in terms of perceived distraction and workload of the driver.


Driving Navigation Collaboration Shared gaze Eye-tracking 



The financial support by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth, the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development and AUDIO MOBIL Elektronik GmbH is gratefully acknowledged (Christian Doppler Laboratory for “Contextual Interfaces”).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra Trösterer
    • 1
  • Magdalena Gärtner
    • 1
  • Martin Wuchse
    • 1
  • Bernhard Maurer
    • 1
  • Axel Baumgartner
    • 1
  • Alexander Meschtscherjakov
    • 1
  • Manfred Tscheligi
    • 1
  1. 1.Christian Doppler Laboratory “Contextual Interfaces”, Center for Human-Computer InteractionUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

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