Driver behavior in mixed and virtual reality – A comparative study
Journal article, 2019

This paper presents a comparative study of driving behavior when using different virtual reality modes. Test subjects were exposed to mixed, virtual, and real reality using a head mounted display capable of video see-through, while performing a simple driving task. The driving behavior was quantified in steering and acceleration/deceleration activities, divided into local and global components. There was a distinct effect of wearing a head mounted display, which affected all measured variables. Results show that average speed was the most significant difference between mixed and virtual reality, while the steering behavior was consistent between modes. All subjects but one were able to successfully complete the driving task, suggesting that virtual driving could be a potential complement to driving simulators.

Driver behavior

Mixed reality

Head mounted display

Virtual reality


Björn Blissing

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)

Fredrik Bruzelius

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems

Olle Eriksson

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)

Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour

1369-8478 (ISSN)

Vol. 61 229-237

Subject Categories

Infrastructure Engineering

Applied Psychology

Vehicle Engineering



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