Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Center for Human-Centered Computing
Human factors research has played an important role in reducing the incidents of vehicle-train collisions at rail grade crossings over the past 30 years. With the growing popularity of in-vehicle infotainment systems and GPS devices, new opportunities arise to cost-efficiently and effectively alert drivers of railroad crossings and to promote safer driving habits. To best utilize this in-vehicle technology, 32 auditory warnings (16 verbal, 7 train-related auditory icons, and 9 generic earcons) were generated and presented to 31 participants after a brief low-fidelity driving simulation. Participants rated each sound on eight dimensions deemed important in previous auditory warning literature. Preliminary results and possible interpretations are discussed.
The 21st International Conference on Auditory Display
Subject assessment of in-vehicle auditory warnings for rail grade crossings.
The 21st International Conference on Auditory Display.
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