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A Head-Mounted Display to Support Remote Operators of Shared Automated Vehicles

Bout, Martijn (2017) A Head-Mounted Display to Support Remote Operators of Shared Automated Vehicles.

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Abstract:Automated driving systems will be severely challenged under the unpredictable conditions of mixed traffic. Consequently, some form of human support remains essential in the foreseeable future. This challenge is particularly true for Shared Automated Vehicles, as these vehicles will likely not include any human driver onboard. When a Shared Automated Vehicle encounters a situation it cannot handle, a remote human operator will be needed to intervene. The remote operator can help the passengers to continue their journey by resuming vehicle operations. This thesis has investigated whether using a Head-Mounted Display in comparison to a computer display improves Situation Knowledge for remote operators of Shared Automated Vehicles. This research adopted a usercentred design approach to develop a Head-Mounted Display and computer display prototype. In one of the first studies on a Shared Automated Vehicle remote control interface, this thesis considered implicit measurements of Situation Knowledge and did not focus on performance indicators. In a user study, twelve participants were given the task to determine the reason why the Shared Automated Vehicle had stopped based on pre-recorded driving scenarios. Strong qualitative evidence indicates that a Head-Mounted Display can provide remote operators with improved Situation Knowledge in comparison to computer displays. To deepen the understanding of the performance and Situation Knowledge for remote operators of Shared Automated Vehicles under various conditions further research is necessary. Future studies can extend knowledge by assessing different scenarios and tasks in a live remote control situation, and develop and evaluate additional interface elements.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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