Multimodal Eco-Driving Display Project
CS 8903 Special Problems Project - Fall, 2016
The purpose of this project with the Sonification Lab was to design and prepare an experimental procedure to test the effect of multimodel eco-driving display in a driving simulator. The team, myself and MS-HCI student Sharon Ang, was responsible for background research, design of the Eco-Driving HUD to be tested, and pilot testing.
Backgroup & HUD Design
The Eco-Driving HUD was designed to assist the driver in improving fuel efficiency. It would be projected on the "windshield" of the driving simulator and provides two types of information:
- The large arch conveys continuous and informative rating of the driver's fuel efficiency.
- The arrows underneath provides instantaneous instruction to ease off on the accelerator/brake, accompanied by auditory instructions to "ease off"
The planned study is a within-participants study, recruiting from 30 to 60 students. Each participant would go through three conditions:
- normal drive (Eco-Driving HUD disabled)
- normal drive with eco-driving mindset (Eco-Driving HUD disabled, participant asked to be fuel efficient)
- experimental drive with Eco-Driving HUD enabled
At the end of the semester, Sharon Ang and I ran a number of pilot tests. The initial results showed that, with the HUD enabled, the participants tend to be more fuel-efficient.