Training pedestrian safety skills in youth with intellectual disabilities using fully immersive virtual reality : a feasibility study

Cherix, Robin (School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Carrino, Francesco (School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Piérart, Geneviève (Haute école de travail social HETS Fribourg, HES-SO) ; Abou Khaled, Omar (School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Mugellini, Elena (School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Wunderle, Dominique (Haute école de travail social HETS Fribourg, HES-SO)

The possibility to move independently outdoor has a huge impact on the quality of life. However, it requires complex skills, difficult to acquire for youth with intellectual disabilities (ID). They need an engaging and varied environment in which they can safely train these skills for all the time they may need. We present an exploratory study that aims to evaluate the usability of virtual reality (immersive headset) as learning tool for youth with ID. We developed a simulator of a pedestrian crossing able to reproduce different environmental conditions (i.e., weather, day-time/night-time, and drivers’ kindness). We tested our simulator with 15 people (9–18 years old) with ID. The tests showed good acceptability and a learning effect was visible after only four consecutive sessions, for a total of sixteen simulated crossings. However, additional studies are required (i) to assess in which measure this effect is imputable to actually learned crossing road skills or to a better control over the tool, (ii) to measure the transfer of the learning from virtual reality to real word conditions.


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Conference Type:
published full paper
Faculty:
Ingénierie et Architecture
Travail social
School:
HEIA-FR
HETS-FR
Institute:
Département de Recherche appliquée et développement de la HETS-FR
HumanTech - Technology for Human Wellbeing Institute
Publisher:
Copenhagen, denmark, 19-24 July 2020
Date:
2020-07
Copenhagen, denmark
19-24 July 2020
Pagination:
16 p.
Published in:
Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; Proceedings of HCII 2020, HCI in Mobility, Transport, and Automotive Systems. Driving Behavior, Urban and Smart Mobility, Second International Conference, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference, 19-24 July 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark
Numeration (vol. no.):
pp. 161-175
Series Statement:
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), 12213
DOI:
ISSN:
0302-9743
ISBN:
978-3-030-50536-3
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