Designing Inclusive Interaction with Autonomous Vehicles for Older Adults - Research Study

University of Calgary
Description / Summary

The University of Calgary is seeking individuals aged 65+ to take part in a study to understand specific challenges and preferences for older adults while riding inside a self-driving car as a passenger. The study is conducted one-on-one with the Researcher and will incorporate virtual reality technology.

What Will You Do?

  • Participant will be introduced to a Virtual Reality (VR) Oculus Quest Headset as he/she will require to wear a headset for the study.

  • Participant will be asked to sit on a chair /couch and observe many in -car interfaces while immersing in a VR environment.

  • Once the simulation is finished, the participant will be asked to discuss their experience and answer questions.

Study Requirements

  • We will need permission to video/audio record the entire session.

  • The study will occur in person, and we will bring a headset for the participant to try the simulations in VR.

Study Length

  • The study will take roughly 60 to 90 minutes to complete, and it will be conducted in -person.

Possible Risks

There will be no movement in the VR, though participants may experience virtual reality sickness during the experiment. We have an elaborate protocol in place to deal with virtual reality sickness and will apply it accordingly. We will also allow participants to take breaks at any point during the study if they feel simulation sickness.


Participants will each receive a remuneration (value CAD $20) for his/her participation.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who is  65+ years.

The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this study (REB20 -0293) and is supervised by CPSC faculty Dr. Ehud Sharlin (

For more information or to sign up for the study please send an email to

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