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Practicability of Meaningful Sound to Avoid Attention-Drifting Phenomenon While Driving

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One of the causes of traffic accident is attention drifting. Zoning out, day dreaming or attention drifting is an example of habituation phenomenon. Habituation is when the response or attention is gradually decreased over time. In recent studies, habituation has been found unlikely to be elicited by intense stimulus such as high levels of sound. This shows that habituation could be prevented. Hence, this preliminary study is investigating other types of sound that could prevent attention drifting on the motorist during driving. A driving simulator is used to analyze driving behavior. A verbal sound (a talk/speech) is used as stimulus. Based on the results, it was found that drivers demonstrated less accident when stimulated by verbal sound compared to no sound given. As a conclusion, verbal sound i.e., speech could be used as one of the stimulant to avoid the attention deficit occur while driving.

Keywords: Attention Drifting; Driving Simulation; Speech

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Elecronic and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Malaysia Malacca (UTeM), 76100 Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia

Publication date: September 1, 2016

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