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Reduction of kinetosis via motion cues in automated vehicles

Oehl, Michael and Bergholz, Max and Wilbrink, Marc and Drewitz, Uwe (2022) Reduction of kinetosis via motion cues in automated vehicles. 7th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP), 23.-25. August 2022, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Background: Passengers are more likely to experience kinetosis also known as “motion sickness” in automated vehicles than in manually driven ones. Therefore, the reduction or avoidance of motion sickness will become an increasingly important psychological issue to be dealt with. In several studies the provision of motion cues via light-based in-car Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI) has emerged as a promising method to alleviate kinetosis. However, questions of design and user experience of these HMI solutions are still open. Method: In this experimental simulation study with repeated measurements we assessed the design and user experience of light-based HMI designs. Participants experienced a virtual drive in an automated vehicle in an urban scenario, both with and without the HMI providing information about the vehicle’s directional changes. In order to preclude potential carryover effects, the two conditions were tested on separate days in a balanced order. The degree of experienced kinetosis and user experience ratings were assessed. In addition, the participants head motion during the drive was tracked via a head-mounted VR device as the movement of the head has been shown to correlate with subjective motion sickness. Scores for yaw, pitch and roll during turns and the straight sections in-between were calculated. Results: Contrary to our hypothesis, participants did not experience generally less kinetosis in the motion cue condition with the HMI. However, there was a significantly pronounced habituation effect for participants who were exposed to the non-motion cue condition first and the motion cue condition second in comparison to participants who were exposed to these two conditions in the opposite order. We could also observe differences in the participants’ head motions between the two conditions. Additionally, the HMI system’s design received favourable user experience ratings from participants regardless of condition order. Conclusion: We will discuss implications of these promising positive results for subsequent studies involving physical vehicles and for the design and specifications of light-based motion cue systems that aim to alleviate kinetosis.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/188036/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Reduction of kinetosis via motion cues in automated vehicles
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Oehl, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0871-2286UNSPECIFIED
Bergholz, MaxUniversität TrierUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wilbrink, MarcUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7550-8613UNSPECIFIED
Drewitz, UweUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6542-9698UNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:HMI, Applied Psychology; Motion Sickness; Automated Driving; Traffic Psychology; User Experience
Event Title:7th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP)
Event Location:Gothenburg, Sweden
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23.-25. August 2022
Organizer:VTI & Chalmers SAFER
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Road Transport
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V ST Straßenverkehr
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - KoKoVI - Koordinierter kooperativer Verkehr mit verteilter, lernender Intelligenz
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Cooperative Systems, BS
Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Deposited By: Oehl, Dr. Michael
Deposited On:08 Sep 2022 14:40
Last Modified:08 Sep 2022 14:40

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