Commission recommendation of 22 December 2006 on safe and efficient in-vehicle information and communication systems: Update of the European Statement of Principles on human machine interface

  • Published: Commission of the European Communities, 2006
  • Authors: Commission of the European Communities
  • Date Added: 08 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

To set out design, installation and usage principles for in-vehicle information and communication systems, which will promote safe control of the vehicle.

Methodology:

Principles which promote good Human Machine Interface (HMI) design, drawing on established thinking and research.

Key Findings:

  • The document makes a number of recommendations for safe use aimed at employers and vehicle hire companies:
    • Employers and vehicle hire firms should ensure that in-vehicle information systems are maintained up to date in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

    • Employer’s procedures and schemes should not cause or encourage system misuse – clearly distinguish systems / functions intended to be used while driving and those not.

    • Employers should give training on systems to be used whilst driving.

    • Employers and vehicle hire firms should ensure that manufacturer’s usage instructions are available in every equipped vehicle.

    • Point of sale information should not encourage unsafe use and should inform purchasers of associated safety issues.

  • The document makes a number of recommendations for drivers:
    • Ensure that systems are installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Retain instructions in the vehicle and pass to the next user.

    • Drivers are responsible for any modifications to the system, which should not contradict the information provided by the manufacturer.

    • Only use equipment as recommended by the manufacturer – which may require a period of familiarisation or training.

    • Only use systems while driving if it is safe to do so.Nomadic systems should not be used hand-held or unsecured within the vehicle while driving.

Themes:

Distraction, installation, design, HMI

Comments:

A broad set of principles aiming at safe design, installation and use of systems including telematics.

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