Activity and Artifact: The symbiosis of truck drivers' work

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Martin Johansson, Mårten Pettersson
Title: Activity and Artifact: The symbiosis of truck drivers' work
Conference name: Interact'01
Year: 2001
Pagination: 399-406
ISBN: 1 58603 188 0
Publisher: IOS Press
City: Tokyo, Japan
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Department of Human Work Science and Media Technology (Institutionen för arbetsvetenskap och medieteknik)
Dept. of Human Work Science and Media Techn., S-372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: Abstract: This paper outlines design ideas from a project dealing with different interaction concepts for the design of a computer based navigation system for truck drivers. The incentive for thinking about interaction concepts is that programming of navigation systems often occurs while driving, since that is when the support is needed. We have been working with ethnographical studies of truck drivers driving both over short and long distances. There has been quite a lot of work done in the field of cars and navigation, in this paper however the main theme is not navigation in cars as such, but the truck environment as an example of a high-demanding room for work activities. This lead to a design situation where the artifact and the activity has to go together, the artifact has to ?melt-in? to the work practice. We discuss how the design of computational power can melt-in to the work-practice without demanding too much of the attention needed for driving the truck safely.
Subject: Human Work Science\Work Practice
Human Work Science\Human Computer Interaction
Keywords: Interaction paradigms, Traffic information, Work Practice based design, Tangible interfaces, Paper
Note: Martin Johansson's affiliation is: Interactive Institute, Beijerskajen 8, 205 06 Malmö, Sweden This paper is included in Mårten Petterssons licenciate thesis: "Location, Navigation and Coordination: Studies of work practice and technology" (2002)