Using Advisory 3D Sound Cues to Improve Drivers’ Performance and Situation Awareness
Paper in proceeding, 2017

Within vehicle Human Machine Interface design, visual displays are predominant, taking up more and more of the visual channel for each new system added to the car, e.g. navigation systems, blind spot information and forward collision warnings. Sounds however, are mainly used to alert or warn drivers together with visual information. In this study we investigated the design of auditory displays for advisory information, by designing a 3D auditory advisory traffic information system (3DAATIS) which was evaluated in a drive simulator study with 30 participants. Our findings indicate that overall, drivers’ performance and situation awareness improved when using this system. But, more importantly, the results also point towards the advantages and limitations of the use of advisory 3D- sounds in cars, e.g. attention capture vs. limited auditory resolution. These findings are discussed and expressed as design implications

3D Auditory Advisory Traffic Information System

in-vehicle design

auditory display

drive behavior


Minjuan Wang

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers)

Sus Lundgren

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

Chenhui Hong

Student at Chalmers

Palle Dahlstedt

University of Gothenburg

Fang Chen

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM press.

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