Immersive Virtual Reality Simulation as a Tool for Aging and Driving Research
Publication Name: Proceedings of the Second International Conference of Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population
The aging process is associated with changes to many tasks of daily life for older adults, e.g. driving. This is particularly challenging in rural areas where public transportation is often non-existent. The current study explored how age affects driving ability through use of an immersive virtual reality driving simulator. Participants were required to respond to typical driving events: stopping at an intersection, controlling vehicle speed, and avoiding objects in the road. Results showed that older adult performance was consistently lower than the younger adult group for each driving event, and matched those of real-world accident data. Post-study survey data suggested that all participants were able to easily interact with the driving simulator. Results also demonstrate the efficacy of immersive virtual reality as an effective research tool. Findings from this research will influence the development of compensatory augmentations, or navigational aids, and enrich our understanding of driving and age-related concerns.
Bennett, C.R., Corey, R.R., Giudice, U., and Giudice, N.A. (2016). Immersive virtual reality simulation as a tool for aging and driving research. In J. Zhou & G. Salvendy (Eds.), Proceedings of the Second International Conference of Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population (ITAP), Part of HCI International 2016. Toronto, CA. July 17-22 (pp. 377-385). Springer International. (corresponding author).