The acceptance of a prototype rear-view assistant for older cyclists: Two modalities of warnings compared

C. Engbers*, R. Dubbeldam, J. H. Buurke, L. Schaake, J. S. Rietman, D. de Waard

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects on behaviour, mental effort and acceptance of a simple prototype of an electronic rear-view assistance system designed for older cyclists that are at risk of falls. The prototype was incorporated into a simple cycling simulator and provided information about traffic from behind in two modalities: visual and haptic. Twenty-one older participants (>64 years) completed three conditions: warnings in two modalities and a control condition without warnings. Mental effort and acceptance were assessed using subjective rating scales and by monitoring changes in cycling speed. Less mental effort was reported when using the rear-view assistant. Significantly more correct decisions regarding a safe left turn were made with system advice. No significant speed differences were found between the two modality conditions. It is concluded that the electronic rear-view assistance system can potentially support the older cyclist successfully by warning for traffic coming from behind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-281
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Acceptance
  • Cycling speed
  • Ergonomics
  • Evaluation
  • Human factors
  • Mental effort
  • Netherlands
  • Older cyclists
  • Rear-view assistant
  • Subjective rating
  • Technological support
  • Warning modalities comparison
  • 2023 OA procedure

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