How can we design 3D auditory interfaces which enhance traffic safety for Chinese drivers?
Paper in proceeding, 2012

With the rapid motorization in countries such as China, the large number of vehicles has caused a dramatic increase of accidents. Thus, the needs for active safety systems are urgent; the system designs must fulfill drivers' needs and local situations. Many studies have indicated that auditory design has great potentials for presenting traffic information to the drivers. In this study, the aim is to understand Chinese drivers' attitudes toward 3D Auditory Traffic Information System, and to explore Chinese drivers' requirements for traffic information support. In the experiment, 23 car drivers were invited to focus group discussions. The results illustrated that the majority (19 out of 23) of participants are interested in 3D auditory design concept and have strong preferences towards using meaningful sounds as the basis for auditory icons. Results also showed differences between experienced and novice drivers regarding how to prioritize traffic information under different traffic conditions. The findings have implications for future design of 3D auditory traffic information system development. Copyright © 2012 ACM.

Normal drive

Traffic situation awareness

3D sound traffic information system

Chinese drivers

Drivers' information requirement study


Minjuan Wang

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction design

Y. C. Li

Wuhan University of Technology

Fang Chen

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction design

AutomotiveUI 2012 - 4th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, In-cooperation with ACM SIGCHI - Proceedings

978-145031751-1 (ISBN)

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