At CHI 2011 we presented initial work on how to use gestural input on a multi-touch steering wheel ; a 20 second video is also available . The paper described a prototype – a steering wheel where the entire surface is a display and can recognize touch input. The study had two parts. In the first part we identified a natural gesture set for interaction and in the second part we looked at how such interaction impacts the visual demand for the diver. The results in short: using gestural input on the steering wheel reduces the visual demand for the driver.
Shortly after the conference a journalist from discovery news picked the topic up and did some interviews. This resulted in an article: “Touch-Screen Steering Wheel Keeps Eyes on Road” (Discovery News, 6.6.2011)
ACM Tech News mentioned the Discovery News article News (ACM Tech News June 8 2011).
After this it found its way around and appeared more widely than expected examples include
- “Touch-screen steering wheel keeps drivers focused on the road” (Physorg, 6.6.2011)
- “German Researchers Working On Multi-touch Gestures Steering Wheel” (Softsailor, 15.6.2011)
- “New Touchscreen Steering Wheel May Reduce Driver Distractions” (Extreme Tech, 14. 6. 2011)
- “Researchers invent touchscreen steering wheel” (Sympatico.ca, 13.6.2011)
- “Touch Screen Steering Wheel Aims To Improve Driving Safety” (PSFK, 13.6.2011)
- “Researchers working on Touch Schreen Steering Wheel” (Pistonheads, 13.6.2011)
 Tanja Döring, Dagmar Kern, Paul Marshall, Max Pfeiffer, Johannes Schöning, Volker Gruhn, and Albrecht Schmidt. 2011. Gestural interaction on the steering wheel: reducing the visual demand. In Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI ’11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 483-492. DOI=10.1145/1978942.1979010 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1978942.1979010
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_32jOlQY7E Gestural Interaction on the Steering Wheel – Reducing the Visual Demand. chi2011madness Video.