Listen! There Are Other Road Users Close to You – Improve the Traffic Awareness of Truck Drivers

  • Fang Chen
  • Georg Qvint
  • Johan Jarlengrip
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4555)


As the amount of good transportation on road is increasing the accidents involving heavy trucks and other road users are also increasing. To make the truck driver aware of other road users close to the truck is very important to avoid accidents. Present study tested different auditory icons that were representing different road users and presented in 3 dimensions in the truck cockpit to see if such design could improve the driver traffic awareness in trucks. A prototype system including four different type-of sound themes has been developed to present the road users such as pedestrian, cyclists, motorcycles and other vehicles. The setting was tested on subjects and integrated in a truck-simulation at Volvo Technology Corporation. An experiment was conducted to test whether these 3D sounds can improve the driver’s traffic situation awareness. The results suggest that natural or realistic sounds (auditory icon) are most suitable to this application due to their intuitiveness, distinguish ability and relatively low degree of disturbance.


3D audio auditory icon traffic driver safety truck cabin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Chen
    • 1
  • Georg Qvint
    • 1
  • Johan Jarlengrip
    • 2
  1. 1.Interaction Design Group, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 GöteborgSweden
  2. 2.Human System Integration, Volvo Technology CooperationSweden

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