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Page updated January 25, 2016

 Major Telematics Guidelines We've Seen

This page attempts to list all of the major telematics guidelines that the UMTRI Human Factors Driver Interface Group has come across. We would like to thank Visteon for funding the assembly of this information. Where possible, electronic copies of the documents are available for download in Adobe PDF Format. You can download the Adobe Acrobat Reader for free from their website.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT $571.101 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

7 p

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

Available in .pdf


TRL Limited (2004) A Stevens, A Quimby, A Board, T Kersloot and P Burns. Design Guidelines for Safety of In-Vehicle Information Systems

56 p

The guidelines in this document are intended to alert designers of IVIS to some legal and ergonomic issues relevant to safety.

Available in .pdf


Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (June 26, 2006). Statement of Principles, Criteria and Verification Procedures on Driver Interactions with Advanced In-Vehicle Information and Communication Systems, Washington, D.C.: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

90 p

Voluntary industry guidelines and best practices for future telematics devices including cell phones, navigation systems, and internet links.

Available in .pdf


Campbell, J.L., Carney, C., and Kantowitz, B.H. (1997). Human Factors Design Guidelines for Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) and Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO) (Technical Report FHWA-RD-98-057), Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

261 p

Voluminous document with references to interface design, heavy on trucks. User interface has been said to have a windows flavor, includes physical ergonomics information (e.g., legibility, control sizes) which are not included in the UMTRI guidelines.

Available on the Web


Commission of the European Communities (1999). Statement of Principles on Human Machine Interface (HMI) for In-Vehicle Information and Communication Systems ("EU Principles), (Annex 1 to Commission Recommendation of 21 December 1999 on safe and efficient in-vehicle information and communication systems: A European statement of principles on human machine interface) Brussels, Belgium: European Union.

Commission of the European Communities (2007). Commission Recommendation on Safe and Efficient In-Vehicle Information and Communication Systems: Update of the European Statement of Principles on Human Machine Interface. Brussels, Belgium: European Union.

42 p

Mostly motherhood statements, some minor revisions are expected soon.

1999 Available in .pdf

2007 Available in .pdf


Ross, T., Midtland, K., Fuchs, M., Pauzie, A., Engert, A., Duncan, B., Vaughan, G., Vernet, M., Peters, H., Burnett, G., and May, A (1996). HARDIE Design Guidelines Handbook: Human Factors Guidelines for Information Presentation by ATT Systems, Commission of the European Communities, Luxembourg.

562 p

Early set of European guidelines, less data than UMTRI or Battelle.

Available in .pdf


JAMA (Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association) Guideline for In-Vehicle Display Systems ‚ version 2.1. , version 3.0.

5 p

First set of detailed design guidelines for interfaces. These guidelines are voluntary in Japan but followed by all OEMs and sometimes by aftermarket suppliers, but some aspects are particular to Japan.

Version 2.1 Available in .pdf

Version 3.0 Available in .pdf

SAE J2364

Society of Automotive Engineers (2004, February 12), SAE Recommended Practice Navigation and Route Guidance Function Accessibility While Driving (SAE 2364), February 12, 2004, Warrendale,PA: Society of Automotive Engineers.

11 p

"15-Second Total Task Rule," specifies maximum allowable task time for navigation system tasks performed while driving when using visual displays and manual controls.

Available in .pdf

SAE J2365

Society of Automotive Engineers (April 2002 revision), SAE Recommended Practice Calculation of the Time to Complete In-Vehicle Navigation and Route Guidance Tasks (SAE J2365), Warrendale,PA: Society of Automotive Engineers.

19 p

Calculation procedure used to estimate total task time (and compliance with SAE J2364).

Available in .pdf


Stevens, A. and Cynk, S. (2011). Checklist for the Assessment of in-Vehicle Information Systems Crowthorne, UK: Transport Research Laboratory.

78 p

Check list.

Available in .pdf


Green, P., Levison, W., Paelke, G., and Serafin, C. (1993). Preliminary Human Factors Guidelines for Driver Information Systems (Technical Report UMTRI-93-21), Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (also published as FHWA-RD-94-087, McLean, VA: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, December, 1995).

111 p

First set of comprehensive design guidelines, including principles, general guidelines, and specific design criteria, with an emphasis on navigation interfaces.

Available in .pdf

SAE J2944 Steering entropy calculation

Steering Entropy calculation from the standards

Schwarz Steering entropy (.docx)

Partial Matlab example code

Percentile (.m)

Steering Entropy (.m)