Comparing unimodal lane keeping cues for child cyclists

Andrii Matviienko, Swamy Ananthanarayan, Stephen Brewster, Wilko Heuten, Susanne Boll

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Child cyclists are at greater risk for car-to-cyclist accidents than adults. This is in part due to developmental differences in the motor and perceptual-motor abilities of children and adults, and missing cycling infrastructure. To address these issues, we examine unimodal and projection-based techniques to support children in maintaining a good lane position in the absence of bicycle lanes. We present safety-relevant information using unimodal cues: vibration on the handlebar, ambient light in a cycle helmet, projected heads-up display indicators, and on-road laser projection. As a first step, we interviewed twelve children about their cycling issues. We then conducted a lab experiment (N=25) in a bicycle simulator using the unimodal cues in the presence of a visual search task, followed by a controlled test-track experiment (N=15). We found that cycling performance with lane keeping cues was comparable to situations without them, however children found them helpful and expressed subjective preferences for the LED helmet and vibration on the handlebar.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, Proceedings
EditorsGiulio Jacucci, Fabio Paterno, Michael Rohs, Carmen Santoro
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450376242
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventMobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (ACM) 2019 - Pisa, Italy
Duration: 27 Nov 201929 Nov 2020
Conference number: 18th (Proceedings) (Website)


ConferenceMobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (ACM) 2019
Abbreviated titleMUM 2019
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  • Child cyclists
  • Cycling safety
  • Lane keeping
  • Unimodal feedback

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