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Abstract : This paper deals with driving simulation and in particular with the important issue of motion sickness. The paper proposes a methodology to evaluate the objective illness rating metrics deduced from the motion sickness dose value and questionnaires for both a static simulator and a dynamic simulator. Accelerations of the vestibular cues head movements of the subjects were recorded with and without motion platform activation. In order to compare user experiences in both cases, the head-dynamics-related illness ratings were computed from the obtained accelerations and the motion sickness dose values. For the subjective analysis, the principal component analysis method was used to determine the conflict between the subjective assessment in the static condition and that in the dynamic condition. The principal component analysis method used for the subjective evaluation showed a consistent difference between the answers given in the sickness questionnaire for the static platform case from those for the dynamic platform case. The two-tailed Mann-Whitney U test shows the significance in the differences between the self-reports to the individual questions. According to the two-tailed Mann-Whitney U test, experiencing nausea p = 0.019 < 0.05 and dizziness p = 0.018 < 0.05 decreased significantly from the static case to the dynamic case. Also, eye strain p = 0.047 < 0.05 and tiredness p = 0.047 < 0.05 were reduced significantly from the static case to the dynamic case. For the perception fidelity analysis, the Pearson correlation with a confidence interval of 95% was used to study the correlations of each question with the x illness rating component IRx, the y illness rating component IRy, the z illness rating component IRz and the compound illness rating IRtot. The results showed that the longitudinal head dynamics were the main element that induced discomfort for the static platform, whereas vertical head movements were the main factor to provoke discomfort for the dynamic platform case. Also, for the dynamic platform, lateral vestibular-level dynamics were the major element which caused a feeling of fear.

Keywords : Driving simulator Driver-s perception Inertial cue Vestibular-level dynamics Motion sickness

Author: Baris Aykent - Frédéric Merienne - Christophe Guillet - Damien Paillot - Andras Kemeny -



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