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Serco Usability Services have carried out independent research to investigate usability issues in the design of in-car GPS navigation systems. The result is a set of guidelines published at http://www.usability.serco.com/research/research.htm#gps

Director Owen Daly-Jones says, “in-car GPS systems present both benefits and risks to drivers and pedestrians. It is particularly important that user interaction with a GPS interface is as simple as possible. These guidelines, the latest in our innovative series, will help designers of these systems ensure the safety of their customers and other road users”.

These guidelines were derived from a series of expert reviews using one of the leading devices on the market. The research involved car journeys throughout the country and also in Central London.

About Serco Usability Services

Serco Usability Services has a 30-year history, it is the most experienced company in the UK usability industry and one of the most experienced in international usability. The company still employs founder members of the original team.

Serco Usability Services works with both public and private sector clients and across a wide range of technologies including websites, mobile applications, interactive TV and appliances. We employ world-recognised experts in usability and accessibility who regularly appear at industry events and remain at the cutting edge of best practice and research.

Serco Usability Services is a subsidiary of Serco Group (www.serco.com), a FTSE 250 company. As one of the world’s leading service companies Serco Group’s activities spread across a diverse range of activities and geographic markets around the world. They include managing research laboratories, operating the Docklands Light Railway in London and the Copenhagen Metro and operating air traffic control towers in the Middle East and across the USA.

Serco has grown rapidly since the management buyout of RCA Services Limited some 16 years ago. It currently employs around 40,000 people in the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia Pacific. Serco Group’s turnover was £1,637m for the year ending 31 December 2004.

For more information please contact:

Gemma Wisdom
Marketing Manager
Serco Usability Services
T: 020 7421 6499

Published on: 12:00AM on 13th May 2005