Empathic GPS

Emotional arousal influences focus, attention, and decision-making, which are critical when driving. To help promote an optimal arousal level, this work considers a closed-loop navigation system that adapts its voice tonality based on the physiology of the driver.  The Empathic GPS system comprises three different modes: 1) "neutral'' in which the voice of the navigation is always the same, 2) "congruent'' in which the perceived arousal of the voice mirrored the physiological arousal of the driver, and 3) "incongruent'' in which the voice of the navigation system mirrored the inverted arousal of the driver.

Below are sound files of exemplary navigation commands for both the calm and the aroused voice created with Amazon Polly from Amazon Web Services.

Research Topics
#human-computer interaction