Richard Pak discuses keyless ignition systems in Los Angeles Times Article

February 10, 2010

Richard Pak was quoted in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times about keyless ignition systems:

Toyota’s manual for its 2009 Camry, by comparison, indicates on Page 129 that the engine can be shut down in an emergency by pushing and holding the button for more than 3 seconds.

According to Richard Pak, a professor of psychology at Clemson University who studies human interaction with technology, the safest kind of ignition switch is one that works in an intuitive manner. That’s because in a panic situation, humans “revert to learned behavior.”

“When you’re out of control at 80 miles per hour, you’re not going to remember complicated things,” Pak said.

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