In-car safety

Title: The influence of auditory feedback on speed choice, violations and comfort

Organisation: University of Plymouth (and others)
Date uploaded: 17th September 2013
Date published/launched: November 2011

In this study, two experiments explored the relationships between engine noise, speed choice, driving violations and driver comfort.

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In this study, two experiments explored the relationships between engine noise, speed choice, driving violations and driver comfort.

Participants played a driving simulation game with different levels of auditory feedback in the form of engine noise.

In the first experiment, a between-subjects design revealed that no noise and low levels of engine noise resulted in participants driving at faster speeds than in the medium and high levels of engine noise conditions.

The low noise feedback conditions were also associated with decreases in driver comfort and were associated with increases in driving violations relative to higher levels of feedback.

The implications are discussed for current car manufacturing trends which emphasise a growing increase in noise insulation for the driver.

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