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Front. Robot. AI | doi: 10.3389/frobt.2019.00098

AR DriveSim: An Immersive Driving Simulator for Augmented Reality Head-up Display Research

  • 1Virginia Tech, United States
  • 2Oakland University, United States
  • 3United States Military Academy, United States

Optical see-through automotive head-up displays (HUDs) are a form of augmented reality (AR) that is quickly gaining penetration into the consumer market. Despite increasing adoption, demand, and competition among manufacturers to deliver higher quality HUDs with increased fields of view, little work has been done to understand how best to design and assess AR HUD user interfaces, and how to quantify their effects on driver behavior, performance, and ultimately safety. This paper reports on a novel, low-cost, immersive driving simulator created using a myriad of custom hardware and software technologies specifically to examine basic and applied research questions related to AR HUDs usage when driving. We describe our experiences developing simulator hardware and software and detail a user study that examines driver performance, visual attention, and preferences using two AR navigation interfaces. Results suggest that conformal AR graphics may not be inherently better than other HUD interfaces. We include lessons learned from our simulator development experiences, results of the user study and conclude with limitations and future work.

Keywords: augmented reality, Head-up display (HUD) visualization, driving simulator, Human machine interface (HMI), User interface design (UID)

Received: 25 Jun 2019; Accepted: 26 Sep 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Gabbard, Smith, Tanous, Kim and Jonas. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Joseph L. Gabbard, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, United States, jgabbard@vt.edu