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Exploring the user preferences of older drivers for car interior design elements based on the semantic difference method

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posted on 2023-12-08, 13:36 authored by Quzihang ZhongQuzihang Zhong, Diane GyiDiane Gyi, Andrew MorrisAndrew Morris, Tomokazu Furuya

As the demographic distribution of the population shifts, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of older drivers. Despite decades of research on this user group, current literature remains limited in exploring the emotional and aesthetic preferences of older drivers. The study reported in this paper endeavours to discover the specific preferences and needs of older drivers concerning car interior design by the Semantic Differential Method (SDM). To this end, 75 older drivers (aged 60+) completed a questionnaire, and rated 12 car interior designs according to their personal preferences using 18 Kansei word pairs. The data analysis methods employed included cluster analysis and principal component analysis (PCA). The cluster analysis identified the participants who shared similar emotional ratings. The PCA categorised 18 Kansei word pairs into six design factors: Comfort-related, Trendsrelated, Self-expression, Quality-related, Style, and Symmetry. The findings suggest that older drivers tend to emphasize Comfort-related and Trends-related design factors, which exhibit higher levels of positive emotional valence. For instance, the group of mainly women (and aged 70-79-years) expressed greater interest in comfort rather than style. Two other groupings, each emphasized psychological and physical comfort. In summary, this study provides pragmatic insights into the emotional and aesthetic preferences of drivers aged 60+ serving as a guide for age-friendly car interior design.

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School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

Proceedings of the 8th HUMANIST Conference

Pages

67 - 74

Source

HUMANIST Conference 2023

Publisher

HUMANIST Publications

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This paper was published in the Proceedings of the 8th HUMANIST Conference which are available at https://www.humanist-vce.eu/

Acceptance date

2023-09-21

Publication date

2023-10-31

Copyright date

2023

ISBN

9782953171273

Language

  • en

Location

Berlin, Germany

Event dates

21st September 2023 - 22nd September 2023

Depositor

Prof Andrew Morris. Deposit date: 5 December 2023

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