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Professors Use Virtual Reality In Research on Self-Driving Vehicles – Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Summary

Dr. Kyung Hun Jung and Dr. Jack Labriola participated in an RCHSS brown bag research
presentation on their research into virtual reality and self-driving cars.

KENNESAW, Ga.
(Nov 18, 2021) — As technology continues to evolve, self-driving cars have become one of the newest
trends. But what happens when drive…….

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Dr. Kyung Hun Jung and Dr. Jack Labriola participated in an RCHSS brown bag research
presentation on their research into virtual reality and self-driving cars.


KENNESAW, Ga.
(Nov 18, 2021)
— As technology continues to evolve, self-driving cars have become one of the newest
trends. But what happens when drivers begin to put too much trust in this new technology?

RCHSS professors Dr. Kyung Hun Jung, associate professor of psychology and Dr. Jack
Labriola, assistant professor of technical communication, found a way to incorporate
Virtual Reality (VR) into a research project on self-driving vehicles.

A personal experience sparked the interest to do more research on VR and self-driving
cars, Jung said. “I had a chance to do a test drive of one of the recent Tesla models,
and there was an unexpected disengagement of the self-driving mode while I was in
the car.” While Jung knew what to do at that moment, he thought about others who may
have misconceptions of the capabilities of the technology.

“When the self-driving car is approaching a stationary object, for example, there
is a beeping sound. The driver is then supposed to take the control of the car and
do something to avoid the obstacle. But sometimes those who overtrust the self-driving
technology interpret the warning signal as a sign telling them ‘I noticed this and
I’m going to handle the situation.’”

Jung wanted to find a way to give the users a better understanding of the capabilities
and limitations of self-driving driving technology without putting them on actual
roads. This is where VR comes in. Jung got Labriola on board, and they were able to
use their different backgrounds to offer an interdisciplinary approach to their research.

“Dr. Jung is thinking about it very much from a psychological aspect and then the
mental workload and response time and everything like that. I’m sort of coming at
it with a user experience perspective on how the user sort of reacts and what is the
best way to guide or explain situations to your users so that they do have a pleasant
experience,” Labriola said.

Their research began during the COVID-19 pandemic and, like many research projects,
the pandemic added a layer of difficulty to the research process. However, Both Labriola
and Jung were grateful for the work the Office of Research had done to assist them
with creating a workspace that was safe and efficient.

“The research took place in two labs. One had the complete driver’s simulator set
up and the other was the observation space with the correspondent computer and technology.
Separate rooms allowed the researchers to observe what was taking place without being
in the same room with the participants,” Labriola said.

Labriola and Jung also worked alongside students in the First-Years Scholar program.
“They did such an incredible job and truly this research project would not have been
possible without them. We …….

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