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International Journal of Vehicular Technology
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 4531780, 10 pages
Research Article

Integration of an Adaptive Infotainment System in a Vehicle and Validation in Real Driving Scenarios

1Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
2SEAT, S. A., Barcelona, Spain
3Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Fundació I2CAT, Barcelona, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Miguel Angel Galarza

Received 15 September 2016; Revised 20 December 2016; Accepted 16 January 2017; Published 15 February 2017

Academic Editor: Radu Danescu

Copyright © 2017 Miguel Angel Galarza et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


More services, functionalities, and interfaces are increasingly being incorporated into current vehicles and may overload the driver capacity to perform primary driving tasks adequately. For this reason, a strategy for easing driver interaction with the infotainment system must be defined, and a good balance between road safety and driver experience must also be achieved. An adaptive Human Machine Interface (HMI) that manages the presentation of information and restricts drivers’ interaction in accordance with the driving complexity was designed and evaluated. For this purpose, the driving complexity value employed as a reference was computed by a predictive model, and the adaptive interface was designed following a set of proposed HMI principles. The system was validated performing acceptance and usability tests in real driving scenarios. Results showed the system performs well in real driving scenarios. Also, positive feedbacks were received from participants endorsing the benefits of integrating this kind of system as regards driving experience and road safety.