Design and evaluation of an innovative hazard warning helmet for elder scooter riders

Yu Hsiu Hung, Hua Cheng Hsu, Yu Fang Huang

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Abstract

Senior people inevitably experience the deterioration of cognitive functions and physical capabilities. Studies showed that elderly people are more likely to be involved in collisions in complex traffic situations. As the number of elder scooter riders is rising around the world, this study presented a hazard warning helmet aimed to help the elderly avoid traffic hazards and possible collisions. Our helmet was designed to provide visual warnings of fast approaching vehicles when elder riders pass through double-parked vehicles. An observational study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the helmet design. Five elderly participants were recruited to wear our helmet and a conventional helmet respectively to interact with 50 double parked vehicles (including cars and scooters). Participants’ behavioral reactions were observed and recorded. Results of the study identified four behavioral reactions to double parked vehicles: (1) reducing speed when passing through (without looking back), (2) reducing speed and looking back before passing through, (3) looking in the side mirror before passing through, (4) passing through without taking precaution. Results also showed that participants wearing our helmet were more likely to reduce speed before passing through double parked vehicles than those wearing a conventional helmet. This work has contributions on (1) lowing traffic collision rates, (2) helping elder scooter users be more aware of traffic hazards, and (3) improving elder scooter users’ risky behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationUsers and Context Diversity - 10th International Conference, UAHCI 2016 and Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings
EditorsMargherita Antona, Constantine Stephanidis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages367-374
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319402376
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event10th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2016 and Held as Part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 2016 Jul 172016 Jul 22

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9739
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other10th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2016 and Held as Part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto
Period16-07-1716-07-22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science

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