Reducing Drivers’ Distractions in Phone-Based Navigation Assistants Using Landmarks

  • Gioconda Tarqui
  • Luis A. Castro
  • Jesus Favela
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8276)


Distracted driving can pose serious risks of injuries to car occupants as well as other drivers and pedestrians. Although increasingly in use, GPS units have been found to distract drivers. In this work, we examine the use of landmarks for wayfinding aimed at reducing distracted driving by making the technology ‘disappear’ from drivers’ attention. In this paper, we present SOL, a mobile phone application to provide navigation instructions in a more human-like way by using landmarks. We conducted an in-situ evaluation comparing SOL with Google Maps for wayfinding. Preliminary results suggest that the use of landmarks helped the drivers occupy their attention in driving rather than on the mobile phone, thus avoiding distractions that could be dangerous while driving.


GPS wayfinding distracted driving landmark-based wayfinding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gioconda Tarqui
    • 1
  • Luis A. Castro
    • 2
  • Jesus Favela
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)Mexico
  2. 2.Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora (ITSON)Mexico

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