RoadVR: Mitigating the Effect of Vection and Sickness by Distortion of Pathways for In-Car Virtual Reality

Hyung Jun Cho, Gerard J. Kim

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Abstract

We explore a method to reduce motion sickness and allow people to use virtual reality while moving in vehicles. We put forth a usage scenario where the target VR content is based on constant road navigation so that the actual motion can enhance the VR experience. The method starts with a virtual scene and objects around an infinitely straight road. The motion of the vehicle is sensed by the GPS and IMU module. The sensed motion is reflected in a way that the virtual scene is navigated according to the vehicle motion, and its pathways distorted such that the virtual motion has a near-identical optical flow pattern to the actual. This would align the user's visual and vestibular sense and reduce the effect of vection and motion sickness. We ran an pilot experiment to validate our approach, comparing the before and after sickness levels with the VR content (1) not aligned to the motion of the vehicle and (2) aligned by our method. Our preliminary results have shown the sickness was reduced significantly (but not eliminated to a negligible level yet) with our approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - VRST 2020
Subtitle of host publicationACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology
EditorsStephen N. Spencer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450376198
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov 1
Event26th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST 2020 - Virtual, Online, Canada
Duration: 2020 Nov 12020 Nov 4

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST

Conference

Conference26th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST 2020
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVirtual, Online
Period20/11/120/11/4

Keywords

  • Distortion
  • Motion Sickness
  • Navigation
  • Simulator Sickness
  • Vection
  • Virtual Reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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