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A driving simulator study : range anxiety and trust in battery gauge

Islam, L.S. (2021) A driving simulator study : range anxiety and trust in battery gauge.

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Abstract:Range anxiety is related to the use of electric vehicles (EVs) and is enhanced by untrustworthy feedback applications. This study aimed to confirm the influence of battery level on range anxiety and explore the relation of battery level on drivers’ trust in the range feedback gauge. Also, the correlation between trust in gauge and range anxiety was researched. Participants (N = 21) completed two conditions in a Virtual Reality driving simulator, with exposure to either high or low battery feedback. This created low range anxiety and high range anxiety scenarios, respectively. Students participated in five-minute drives followed by the Primary Appraisal Secondary Appraisal questionnaire (PASA: Gaab, 2009) and an adapted Trust in Automation questionnaire (TiA: Körber, 2018). The TiA showed acceptable scores of reliability and a four-factor solution. The results were significant for the influence of battery levels on range anxiety. No further results were of statistical significance. The findings confirmed that battery level influences range anxiety. Limitations included a range feedback gauge that was not based on actual energy consumption; hence, future research should implement an authentic mechanical representation of it. The study applied a valid and reliable scale to assess trust in a feedback tool in the domain of EVs but did not find any relationship between trust in a range feedback gauge and range anxiety.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:55 traffic technology, transport technology, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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