Study of in-vehicle route guidance systems for improvement of right-side drivers in the Japanese traffic system

Y. W. Jeon, T. Daimon

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A country can adopt one of two standards for traffic flow - cars may travel on the left or right side of the road. When drivers who are accustomed to driving on the right side of the road drive on the left side, and vice versa, the mental workload is likely increased due to the driver's unfamiliarity with a new language, the position of the driver's seat, different driving directions, and other factors that differ from those of their home country. One method of doing this is to make sure that the in-vehicle route guidance information (RGI) is not overly complicated - thereby assisting drivers in improving their safety. Consequently, the aim of this study was to facilitate mobility and improve safety for natural right-side drivers driving temporarily in left-side traffic. In this study, driver behavior and workload - given various types of RGI - were evaluated in a driving simulator with a variety of prescribable test conditions. This research was composed of two experiments. In the first, various types of in-vehicle route guidance systems were tested and evaluated in terms of their characteristics and associated driver behaviors (while driving). In the second experiment, systemic factors and effectiveness were evaluated by two combined systems, arrow and map-type information, based on the results of the first experiment. In light of both experiments, the various types of route guidance systems were discussed in terms of their results. A navigation system was proposed to alleviate some of the secondary tasks such as route selection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-427
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Automotive Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 1


  • In-vehicle route guidance system
  • Left-side traffic
  • Right-side traffic
  • Road convention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering


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