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Enhancing Social Closeness between Drivers by Digital Augmentation

Chao Wang, Jacques Terken, Jun Hu, and Matthias Rauterberg

Driving is a social activity: Drivers need to coordinate and cooperate with each other to share the infrastructure. The relationship between drivers influences their driving behavior and experience. Lights, horn and speed are the most frequently used means to exchange information, limiting both the range and the bandwidth of the connectivity and leading to isolation, loneliness, and competition. We present “iSticker” and “MusicHound”, two concepts that aim to establish a connection by presenting similarity information between drivers. The two concepts were prototyped and evaluated with users in a driving simulator. The results showed that iSticker and MusicHound enhance drivers’ social closeness with each other and belongingness during the journey.

C. Wang, J. Terken, J. Hu, and M. Rauterberg, “Enhancing social closeness between drivers by digital augmentation,” International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 477-494, 2020. FULLTEXT: PDF REFERENCE: BibTeX EndNote