What's around the corner? Enhancing driver awareness in autonomous vehicles via in-vehicle spatial auditory displays

David Beattie, Lynne Baillie, Martin Halvey, Rod McCall

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Abstract

There is currently a distinct lack of design consideration associated with autonomous vehicles and their impact on human factors. Research has yet to consider fully the impact felt by the driver when he/she is no longer in control of the vehicle [12]. We propose that spatialised auditory feedback could be used to enhance driver awareness to the intended actions of autonomous vehicles. We hypothesise that this feedback will provide drivers with an enhanced sense of control. This paper presents a driving simulator study where 5 separate auditory feedback methods are compared during both autonomous and manual driving scenarios. We found that our spatialised auditory presentation method alerted drivers to the intended actions of autonomous vehicles much more than all other methods and they felt significantly more in control during scenarios containing sound vs. no sound. Finally, that overall workload in autonomous vehicle scenarios was lower compared to manual vehicle scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages189-198
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)1595930361, 9781450325424
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 26 Oct 201430 Oct 2014

Conference

Conference8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2014
Abbreviated titleNordiCHI 2014
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period26/10/1430/10/14

Keywords

  • Audio
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Driver awareness
  • Driving simulators
  • In-vehicle spatial auditory displays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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