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Are Eco-Driving Feedback Tools visually distracting the driver?

Bogdan, C. (2021) Are Eco-Driving Feedback Tools visually distracting the driver?

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Abstract:Electric vehicles gain in popularity due to their low impact of pollution. However, it frequently occurs that drivers perceive range anxiety, the fear of running out of battery before reaching their destination, and not much is known about feedback systems of electric vehicles which help the driver in monitoring their battery status. Is it possible that a feedback tool has a distraction potential? This study investigates this question using the speed and steering variances from a driving simulator in a Virtual Reality space. All participants, 23 in total, were between 18 to 29 years old and possessed a driver’s license. In the experiment, every participant drove a simulated electric vehicle in four conditions. During two experimental conditions, a feedback gauge was shown, indicating how battery efficient the drive was, during the control condition no feedback gauge was provided, and participants were presented with a low and a high range anxiety condition in each of the two conditions. Results indicated that the gauge has no distraction potential under normal circumstances but while being under range anxiety distraction was suggested in the range anxiety condition. In future research it is recommended to investigate on a distraction potential of range anxiety.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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