Towards a framework for validating the matching between notifications and scents in olfactory in-car interaction

Dmitrenko, Dmitrijs, Maggioni, Emanuela and Obrist, Marianna (2019) Towards a framework for validating the matching between notifications and scents in olfactory in-car interaction. ACM CHI 2019, Glasgow, Scotland, 4-9 May 2019. Published in: CHI EA '19 Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery ISBN 9781450359719

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Olfactory notifications have been proven to have a positive impact on drivers. This has motivated the use of scents to convey driving-relevant information. Research has proposed the use of such scents as lemon, peppermint, lavender and rose for in-car notifications. However, there is no framework to identify which scent is the most suitable for every application scenario. In this paper, we propose an approach for validating a matching between scents and driving-relevant notifications. We suggest a study in which the olfactory modality is compared with a puff of clean air, visual, auditory, and tactile stimuli while performing the same driving task. For the data analysis, we suggest recording the lane deviation, speed, time required to recover from the error, as well as the perceived liking and comfort ratings. Our approach aims to help automotive UI designers make better decisions about choosing the most suitable scent, as well as possible alternative modalities.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: Olfaction; Smell; Mapping; Odour Stimulation; Automotive User Interfaces; Multimodal Interfaces; In-Car Interaction
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
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Depositing User: Lucy Arnold
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 11:39
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 10:12

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