A comparison of cybersickness symptoms across 360-degree hazard perception and hazard prediction tests for drivers

Goodge, T., Kroll, V. ORCID: 0000-0002-1249-9991, Vernon, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9269-9802, Ventsislavova, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-7095-8113 and Crundall, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-6030-3631, 2021. A comparison of cybersickness symptoms across 360-degree hazard perception and hazard prediction tests for drivers. Applied Ergonomics, 97: 103549. ISSN 0003-6870

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Hazard perception assessment may benefit from VR-presentation by removing field-of-view restrictions imposed by single-screen tests. One concern is whether VR-induced ‘cybersickness’ will offset any benefits. Self-reported cybersickness ratings were recorded from 77 participants viewing two variants of a 360-degree hazard test: hazard perception and hazard prediction. The latter was hypothesised to be particularly susceptible as clips abruptly cut to a probe question at hazard onset. Such sudden occlusions are thought to increase cybersickness. Overall cybersickness levels were low, with only four participants excluded for above-threshold sickness ratings. The remaining participants showed unexpectedly lower symptoms for the hazard prediction test and rated this test format as more comfortable and engaging. These findings mitigate concerns over the use of 360-degree videos in formative hazard assessments, even when clips involve sudden occlusions. Nonetheless, removal of any participants due to cybersickness raises problems for using VR for formal assessments of hazard perception skill.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Applied Ergonomics
Creators: Goodge, T., Kroll, V., Vernon, M., Ventsislavova, P. and Crundall, D.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: November 2021
Volume: 97
ISSN: 0003-6870
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 03 Aug 2021 12:54
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2022 03:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43763

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