Reducing Driver’s Cognitive Load with the Use of Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality

Kweku F. Bram-Larbi, Vassilis Charissis, Ramesh Lagoo, Shu Wang, Soheeb Khan, Samar Altarteer, David K. Harrison, Dimitris Drikakis

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    Multiple infotainment sources can significantly overload the driver’s cognitive load and increase the collision probabilities. Current solutions provided have attempted to alleviate this issue with the centralization of infotainment devices to single touchscreen devices in the dashboard area. Yet this solution still requires the driver to take the eyes from the road and concentrate on operating the secondary tasks unrelated to the driving process. The paper presents a prototype Augmented Reality Head-Up Display (AR HUD) system that superimposes a selected number of infotainment data on the vehicle’s windshield only when this is safe for the driver. The selection of infotainment data and projection timing is calculated by a prototype Artificial Intelligence (AI) Co-Driver that aims to reduce the driver’s cognitive load. The proposed system was evaluated by 50 users against a typical touchscreen dashboard system. This work presents and discusses the subjective feedback related to the cognitive load that the users perceived during the trials. The paper concludes with a future plan for improving both the AI and AR HUD elements to perform in an urban environment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHCI International 2021 - Late Breaking Papers
    Subtitle of host publicationHCI Applications in Health, Transport, and Industry - 23rd HCI International Conference, HCII 2021, Proceedings
    EditorsConstantine Stephanidis, Vincent G. Duffy, Heidi Krömker, Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah, Keng Siau, Gavriel Salvendy, June Wei
    PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)9783030909659
    Publication statusPublished - 2021
    Event23rd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , HCII 2021 - Virtual, online
    Duration: 24 Jul 202129 Jul 2021

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume13097 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference23rd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , HCII 2021
    CityVirtual, online


    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Augmented Reality
    • Cognitive load
    • Driver distraction
    • Head-Up Display
    • Simulation
    • Virtual Reality


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