Tools for Designing Emotional Auditory Driver-Vehicle Interfaces

  • Pontus Larsson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5954)


Auditory interfaces are often used in vehicles to inform and alert the driver of various events and hazards. When designed properly, such interfaces can e.g. reduce reaction times and increase the impression of quality of the vehicle. In this paper it is argued that emotional response is an important aspect to consider when designing auditory driver-vehicle interfaces. This paper discusses two applications developed to investigate the emotional dimensions of auditory interfaces. EarconSampler is a tool for designing and modifying earcons. It allows for creating melodic patterns of wav-snippets and adjustment of parameters such as tempo and pitch. It also contains an analysis section where sound quality parameters, urgency and emotional response to the sound is calculated / predicted. SoundMoulder is another tool which offers extended temporal and frequency modifications of earcons. The primary idea with this application is to study how users design sounds given a desired emotional response.


Auditory interfaces sound emotions earcons auditory icons vehicles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pontus Larsson
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  1. 1.Dept. 6310 M1.6Volvo Technology CorporationGöteborgSweden

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