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Perceptions of an automotive load space in a virtual environment

Lawson, Glyn; Roper, Tessa; Herriotts, Paul; Malcolm, Louise; Salanitri, Davide

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Associate Professor

Tessa Roper

Paul Herriotts

Louise Malcolm

Davide Salanitri


A study was conducted to investigate the accuracy of perceptions of a car load space in a CAVE virtual environment. A total of 46 participants rated load space width, height, depth, usability and overall capacity after viewing either a virtual Range Rover Evoque in the CAVE or the real car. Participants were also asked to estimate how many 100mm3 blocks could fit in the load space in width, depth or height. The only significant difference was in usability, which was rated higher in the CAVE. There was no systematic over- or under-estimation of distances in the virtual environment. Equivalence was demonstrated for width and depth in the block estimation task. The results suggest that virtual environments can be used for car load space design, particularly for estimates of size, but further work is required to be confident that subjective ratings of virtual properties are equivalent to those of real vehicles.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 29, 2017
Publication Date Aug 4, 2017
Deposit Date Apr 10, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 4, 2017
Journal International Journal of Vehicle Design
Print ISSN 0143-3369
Electronic ISSN 1741-5314
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 74
Issue 2
Keywords Automotive; load space; virtual environment (VE); virtual reality (VR); perception; CAVE
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