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Safety IDEA Project 19 [Completed (IDEA)]

Increasing Truck Driver’s Awareness: Use of In-Vehicle 3D Sounds

  Project Data
Staff Responsibility: Harvey Berlin
Fiscal Year: 2011

The purpose of this project was to develop and test a system using in-vehicle 3D sounds as a technique for augmenting the truck driver’s traffic awareness around the truck.This is intended to contribute to increased safety of trucks and road users near and around the truck.

The work showed the potential of 3D auditory icons for informing and warning the truck driver of road users (pedestrians, cyclists, small vehicle motorists, etc.) near and around the truck.

Most modern large truck cabs have a lot of sound insulation, since too much noise inside a truck is known to affect the driver's concentration and stress level.However, sound insulation of the truck cab, along with the inherent limited view around parts of the truck from inside the truck cab, contribute to the reduction in the driver's traffic awareness around the truck.The system to be developed in this project is designed to improve the truck driver's traffic awareness around the truck. The Final Report for this project is available.

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