AgeLab researchers Chaiwoo Lee, Tom McWilliams, and Bruce Mehler gave presentations at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 63rd Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.
Lee presented a paper on the effect of demographic traits, technology experience, and media exposure on acceptance of autonomous vehicles. The study reported that current-day experiences with technologies in various domains may strongly influence future acceptance of vehicle automation, and that this association may be stronger than demographic effects.
For a conference panel that discussed the future of human-machine interfaces (HMIs) in automobiles, Mehler gave a talk on the issue of driver distraction in technologically equipped vehicles and argued for the development of HMIs that actively support the driver and cue appropriate attention as needed.
McWilliams presented a paper that compared driver glance behavior during radio tuning and voice-based phone dialing interactions with a real production multimedia HMI mounted in the AgeLab’s Miss Daisy driving simulator by interpreting glance data collected using the same interface during actual on-road driving. The results supported the validity of using the AgeLab simulator for modeling this type of behavior in the real world. McWilliams’ paper was recognized as an exemplary student-led paper on the topic of surface transportation.