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Benefits of Extended Multisensory Space During Automated Driving

Morgenstern, Oliver (2021) Benefits of Extended Multisensory Space During Automated Driving.

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Abstract:With rapid advances in automated driving technology, safe methods for transition between automated and manual driving are still being investigated. Research has shown that using hand-held tools can lead to an extension of peripersonal space – the space immediately surrounding the body. Furthermore, interoceptive physiological inputs, coupled with visual feedback can modulate bodily self-consciousness and thus lead to changes in participants’ peripersonal space. An extension of drivers’ peripersonal space around the car could thus lead to improved takeover performance when confronted with a takeover request in a simulated Level 3 automated vehicle. Therefore, we hypothesised that synchronisation of ambient lighting inside a car with participants breathing would lead to faster reaction times and a smaller lateral displacement when a takeover request is issued. We did not find any strong enough evidence to support our hypotheses. However, we think that a multidisciplinary approach to Human-Vehicle Interaction is needed to ensure safe takeover methods when drivers are confronted with a takeover request in a Level 3 automated vehicle.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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