…the flexible open source driving simulation

Hofmann, Hansjörg, et al. "Evaluation of speech dialog strategies for internet applications in the car." Proceedings of the SIGDIAL 2013 Conference. 2013.

Due to the mobile Internet revolution, people tend to browse the Web while driving their car which puts the driver’s safety at risk. Therefore, an intuitive and nondistractive in-car speech interface to the Web needs to be developed. Before developing a new speech dialog system in a
new domain developers have to examine what the user’s preferred interaction style is in order to use such a system. This paper reports from a very recent driving simulation study and its preliminary results which are conducted in order to compare different speech dialog strategies. The use of command-based and conversational SDS prototypes while driving is evaluated on usability and driving performance. Different GUIs are designed in order to support the respective dialog strategy the most and to evaluate the effect of the GUI on usability and driver distraction. The preliminary results show that the conversational speech dialog performs more efficient than the command-based dialog. However, the conversational dialog distracts more from driving than the command-based. Furthermore, the results indicate that an SDS supported by a GUI is more efficient and better accepted by the user than without GUI.

The experiments have been conducted at DFKI, Saarbrucken using the OpenDS driving simulation. The research work is performed within the scope of the EU FP7 funding project GetHomeSafe2.

We employed the ConTRe (Continuous Tracking and Reaction) task as part of the OpenDS driving simulation software which complements the de-facto standard LCT including higher sensitivity and a more flexible driving task without restart interruptions.

The driving simulation OpenDS also produces log files at runtime, which contain the steering wheel deviation for lateral control and the reaction times for longitudinal control for each recorded time frame.

Based on the OpenDS logs we compute the mean deviation (MDev) of the steering wheel. 

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