Towards Cultural Adaptability in Driver Information and -Assistance Systems

  • Rüdiger Heimgärtner
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4560)


This paper elucidates and discusses some aspects of cultural adaptability. It describes the concept, influence and Use Cases of cultural adap-tability in driver information and assistance systems exemplified by driver navigation systems. Thereby, the reasons, advantages and problems of using adaptability regarding driving safety and driver preferences will be addressed. The results of two online studies concerning use cases of navigation systems revealed differences in interaction behavior, which depend on the cultural background of the users (e.g. attitude, preference, skill etc.). Furthermore, cultural adaptability can improve usability and share in universal access.


cultural adaptability cultural user interface design adaptive HCI (Human Computer Interaction/Interface) adaptive HMI (Human Machine Interaction/Interface) driver navigation systems driver information systems driver assistance systems tool cross-cultural HCI analysis cultural adap-tability cultural user interface design intercultural usability 


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  • Rüdiger Heimgärtner
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  1. 1.Siemens AG, Im Gewerbepark C25, 93055 RegensburgGermany

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