I Am The Passenger: How Visual Motion Cues Can Influence Sickness For In-Car VR

McGill, M., Ng, A. and Brewster, S. A. (2017) I Am The Passenger: How Visual Motion Cues Can Influence Sickness For In-Car VR. In: CHI '17: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Denver, CO, USA, 6-11 May 2017, pp. 5655-5668. ISBN 9781450346566 (doi:10.1145/3025453.3026046)

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Abstract

This paper explores the use of VR Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) in-car and in-motion for the first time. Immersive HMDs are becoming everyday consumer items and, as they offer new possibilities for entertainment and productivity, people will want to use them during travel in, for example, autonomous cars. However, their use is confounded by motion sickness caused in-part by the restricted visual perception of motion conflicting with physically perceived vehicle motion (accelerations/rotations detected by the vestibular system). Whilst VR HMDs restrict visual perception of motion, they could also render it virtually, potentially alleviating sensory conflict. To study this problem, we conducted the first on-road and in motion study to systematically investigate the effects of various visual presentations of the real-world motion of a car on the sickness and immersion of VR HMD wearing passengers. We established new baselines for VR in-car motion sickness, and found that there is no one best presentation with respect to balancing sickness and immersion. Instead, user preferences suggest different solutions are required for differently susceptible users to provide usable VR in-car. This work provides formative insights for VR designers and an entry point for further research into enabling use of VR HMDs, and the rich experiences they offer, when travelling.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ng, Dr Alexander and Brewster, Professor Stephen and McGill, Dr Mark
Authors: McGill, M., Ng, A., and Brewster, S. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
ISBN:9781450346566
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: 5655-5668
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
670071HappinessStephen BrewsterEuropean Commission (EC)645145COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE