Risky Gadgets to the Rescue: Designing Personal Ubicomp Devices to Foster Safer Driving Behaviours in Young Males

Young males are over-represented in road crashes. Part of the problem is their proneness to boredom, a hardwired personality factor that leads to risky driving. This research aims to design innovative technologies to make safe driving more pleasurable and stimulating for young males than risky driving.

Two ubicomp design concepts will be evaluated in an Advanced Driving Simulator:

  1. Can the replacement of risky driving stimuli with alternative stimuli reduce risky driving?
  2. Can the simulation of risky driving reduce actual risky driving?

This research furthers our understanding of driver boredom in general and informs the future design of personal ubicomp devices that reduce risky driving behaviours.

This study will pioneer research to explore the following hypothesis, which has not been explored to date: Providing safe, driving-related and pleasurable stimuli through digital technologies in the car can replace the urge for risky driving behaviours in young male drivers.

Media

Fabius Steinberger shows how video games have inspired research to improve driver focus and safety on Scope TV.


Funding / Grants

  • ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2014 - 2016)

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Publications

  • Steinberger, Fabius, Moeller, April, & Schroeter, Ronald (2016) The antecedents, experience, and coping strategies of driver boredom in young adult males. Journal of Safety Research, 59, pp. 69-82.
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  • Schroeter, Ronald & Steinberger, Fabius (2016) Pokémon DRIVE: Towards increased situational awareness in semi-automated driving. In OzCHI '16 Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM, Launceston, Tas, pp. 25-29.
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  • Steinberger, Fabius, Proppe, Patrick, Schroeter, Ronald, & Alt, Florian (2016) CoastMaster: An ambient speedometer to gamify safe driving. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, Association for Computing Machinery, Ann Arbor, MI, pp. 83-90.
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  • Schroeter, Ronald, Oxtoby, Jim, Johnson, Daniel M., & Steinberger, Fabius (2015) Exploring boredom proneness as a predictor of mobile phone use in the car. OZCHI 2015 Schroeter, Ronald, Oxtoby, Jim, Johnson, Daniel M., & Steinberger, Fabius (2015) Exploring boredom proneness as a predictor of mobile phone use in the car. In 27th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (OZCHI 2015), 7-10 December 2015, Melbourne, Vic.
  • Steinberger, Fabius, Schroeter, Ronald, & Lindner, Verena (2015) From gearstick to joystick – Challenges in designing new interventions for the safety-critical driving context. In OzCHI 2015 Workshop, 7 December 2015, Melbourne, VIC.
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German-Australian Business News (2017 – No. 1)

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