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Use of media to influence driver behaviour Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241971D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

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Proactive system with feedback to use music or other audio to influence the mood of the user such that they drive more safely.

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Use of media to influence driver behaviour

Poor driving behaviour is a factor in a significant number of accidents on the road. Driving behaviour is affected by the mood of the driver. One thing which can affect the mood of the driver is the music or other audio being consumed.

Existing known solutions in this area:

    1. Mini Connect - Dynamic Music ( - This adjusts a specially composed track or tracks based on the car's longitudinal and lateral acceleration (with the idea that the track gets more "exciting" the faster you drive).

    2. Manual selection of music i.e. the driver makes use of hardware controls to pick tracks that they feel like listening to, and fit their mood

    3. Driver behaviour monitoring tools (e.g. ons.html) In the referenced example, factors such as Acceleration, Braking, Speed over speed-bumps etc. are monitored to give a status indicator to the driver (Red, Amber, Green) of how they are driving, as well as to create league tables of drivers with good behaviour, so that better driving can be demonstrated and rewarded.

    4. US20140039749A1 2014-02-06 DRIVER PROFILING SYSTEM AND METHOD - Details a method of profiling a driver's behaviour.

The core idea presented here is to use music or other audio to influence the mood of the user such that they drive more safely.

Advantages over known solutions are:

    1. Related work number 1 is a reactive system which adjusts based on how the user is driving, whereas this publication describes a proactive system to influence behaviour for the better. Additionally, the user's existing music library can be used, rather than specifically composed pieces (which severely limits the variety of music the user can be played via the system and could be a substantial inhibitor to people deciding to use it).

    2. People will often select music to reflect their mood (e.g. heavy metal when they are angry, jazz when relaxed) rather than to change their mood. Either way, this is not reliable, and may actually cause even more dangerous driving if they are fiddling with the stereo. Even if they are using interfaces that allow them to change the music without distraction from their driving, there are factors outside of their current mood (upcoming tra...