Analysis of skin conductance reaction related to mental stress due to corner entry speed of mobility scooter

Kazunori Kaede, Masato Utsugi, Keiichi Watanuki, Keiichi Muramatsu

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Abstract

In this study, we evaluated the mental stress due to corner entry speed while riding a mobility scooter by measuring skin conductance. A mobility scooter is a four-wheel electric wheelchair with a steering bar-handle. These scooters, known as 'senior cars' in Japan, are generally sold for use by elderly people. Some of these scooters have a system that automatically reduces their speed to approximately 70% of the maximum depending on the steering angle at corners. However, because of mismatch with the intention of the driver, the preset deceleration rate may be uncomfortable for the driver. With the objective of providing appropriate assistance without any discomfort in such circumstances, we evaluated the mental stress of the driver. Skin conductance (SC) is one index for measuring mental sweating related to sympathetic nerve activity. First, we modified a commercially available mobility scooter for use as an experimental scooter such that it can be controlled using an external personal computer. Then, we measured SC in a task that involved turning right into a corner at a constant speed using the experimental scooter, and evaluated the mental stress due to the corner entry speed. A positive correlation between the amplitude of SC and entry speed was obtained. Further, the results of a questionnaire used to evaluate the ride discomfort after each experimental task indicated that 'No Fear' and 'Safety' decreased as the speed increased. As these results are consistent with the measurement results of the SC amplitude, we concluded that fear due to corner entry speed can be evaluated using SC.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3430-3434
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728145693
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct
Externally publishedYes
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019 - Bari, Italy
Duration: 2019 Oct 62019 Oct 9

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Volume2019-October
ISSN (Print)1062-922X

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBari
Period19/10/619/10/9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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