Conference Proceeding

Multiple Exposition to a Driving Simulator Reduces Simulator Symptoms for Elderly Drivers

Authors
  • Normand Teasdale (Centre de recherche FRSQ du CHA de Québec, Canada)
  • Martin Lavallière (Centre de recherche FRSQ du CHA de Québec, Canada)
  • Mathieu Tremblay (Centre de recherche FRSQ du CHA de Québec, Canada)
  • Denis Laurendeau (Université Laval, Québec, Canada)
  • Martin Simoneau (Centre de recherche FRSQ du CHA de Québec, Canada)

Abstract

This study examines how older drivers responded to repeated exposures to a driver simulator. Older active and fit drivers participated in 5 simulator sessions within a 14-day period. For each session, simulator sickness symptoms were measured with the Simulator Sickness Questionnaire at baseline and post-session. In addition, participants completed a 10-cm visual analog scale (0= no symptom, 10= mild nausea) at baseline and after a familiarization scenario and post-session. Overall, older adults adapted to the driving simulator and by the fourth session, they showed no difference in sickness scores between the baseline and the post-session measurements. Increasing the exposure duration at session 5 yielded an increase in the sickness symptoms. These results suggest that shorterduration multiple exposures could reduce simulator sickness symptoms in elderly drivers and allow a more effective use of simulators for training by preventing early withdrawal of participants.

How to Cite:

Teasdale, N. & Lavallière, M. & Tremblay, M. & Laurendeau, D. & Simoneau, M., (2009) “Multiple Exposition to a Driving Simulator Reduces Simulator Symptoms for Elderly Drivers”, Driving Assessment Conference 5(2009), 169-175. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1318

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Published on
23 Jun 2009
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