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Comprehensive assessment of simulator vehicle parameters and upper body kinematics and muscle activation between two display modalities in a driving simulator

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Title: Comprehensive assessment of simulator vehicle parameters and upper body kinematics and muscle activation between two display modalities in a driving simulator
Author: Filio, Theresa-Lynne
Department: School of Engineering
Program: Engineering
Advisor: Oliver, Michele
Abstract: Driving simulators in hazard response studies provide safer environments for participants than naturalistic driving studies. Many driving simulator visual cueing systems are comprised of a set of wrap around screens (WASs) that when increased in number and size can enhance the realism of the simulation, creating a driving experience closer to naturalistic driving. This, however, can be costly. Recent designs of head mounted display (HMD) technology are low-cost making them a potential alternative, however, their effect on hazard response results in comparison to WASs is untested. Driver responses were compared between WASs and an HMD during an unanticipated pedestrian crossing. Perception-response times were significantly greater with the HMD, highlighting the importance of understanding the effects display modality may have on results. In contrast, many of the physiological variables did not exhibit significant differences between the display modalities suggesting that HMD specifications may not have a large impact on physiological responses.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/14066
Date: 2018-08


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