A comparison of artificial driving sounds for automated vehicles

David Beattie, Lynne Baillie, Martin Halvey

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Abstract

As automated vehicles currently do not provide sufficient feedback relating to the primary driving task, drivers have no assurance that an automated vehicle has understood and can cope with upcoming traffic situations [16]. To address this we conducted two user evaluations to investigate auditory displays in automated vehicles using different types of sound cues related to the primary driving sounds: acceleration, deceleration/braking, gear changing and indicating. Our first study compared earcons, speech and auditory icons with existing vehicle sounds. Our findings suggested that earcons were an effective alternative to existing vehicle sounds for presenting information related to the primary driving task. Based on these findings a second study was conducted to further investigate earcons modulated by different sonic parameters to present primary driving sounds. We discovered that earcons containing naturally mapped sonic parameters such as pitch and timbre were as effective as existing sounds in a simulated automated vehicle.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages451-462
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781450335744
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2015
Event3rd ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing 2015 - Osaka, Japan
Duration: 7 Sep 201511 Sep 2015

Conference

Conference3rd ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing 2015
Abbreviated titleUbiComp 2015
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityOsaka
Period7/09/1511/09/15

Keywords

  • Auditory Displays
  • Auditory Icons
  • Automated Vehicles
  • Driving Simulator
  • Earcons
  • Speech

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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