THE INFLUENCE OF MOTION AND AUDIO CUES ON DRIVERS PERFORMANCE IN AN AUTOMOBILE SIMULATOR

A highway driving simulator with a computer-generated visual display, physical motion cues of roll, yaw, and lateral translation, and velocity-dependent sound/vibration cues was used to investigate the influence of these cues on driver performance. Forty-eight student subjects were randomly allocated to six experimental groups. Each group of eight subjects experienced a unique combination of the motion and audio cues. The control group received a full simulation condition while each of the remaining five groups performanced with certain combinations of motion and sound deleated. Each driver generated nine minutes of continuous data from which five performance measures were derived. Results indicate that the performance measures of yaw, lateral, and velocity deviation are significantly affected by the deletion of cues. In support of the hypothesis that driver performance is augmented by the addition of motion cues, statistically significant negative correlations were obtained between the number of motion cues present and the measures of yaw and lateral deviation. With respect to motion and audio cues, recommendations are made regarding simulator design criteria.

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    • This report was sponsored by the General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Michigan.
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    Human Factors Society

    Johns Hopkins University Press
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21218
  • Authors:
    • McLane, R C
    • Wierwille, W W
  • Publication Date: 1975-10

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  • Features: Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 488-501
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  • Accession Number: 00131999
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1977 12:00AM