Haptic Feedback to Compensate for the Absence of Horizon Cues During Landing

  • Mounia Ziat
  • Samantha Wagner
  • Ilja Frissen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9775)


When landing a plane, pilots could face several landing illusions that are accentuated at night or in a featureless environment. In the current study, we compare participants landing trajectories in a featureless environment with and without haptic feedback. We asked the participants to land a virtual object during featured (F+) and featureless night conditions (F−); with (H+) and without haptic feedback (H−). The results showed that the haptic feedback facilitated lateral and up-down movements. This benefit was less evident between the visual conditions suggesting that participants were relying on haptic cues during the task. This attentional shift could reduce visual illusions during night landings, where they are accentuated by the fact that experienced pilots rely mainly on visual inputs.


Landing illusions Haptic feedback Featureless environment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentNorthern Michigan UniversityMarquetteUSA
  2. 2.School of Information StudiesMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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