Search Conferences

Type in any word, words or author name. This searchs through the abstract title, keywords and abstract text and authors. You may search all conferences or just select one conference.

 All Conferences
 EMAC 2019 Annual Conference
 EMAC 2020 Annual Conference
 EMAC 2020 Regional Conference
 EMAC 2021 Annual Conference
 EMAC 2021 Regional Conference
 EMAC 2022 Annual
 EMAC 2022 Regional Conference
 EMAC 2023 Annual
 EMAC 2023 Regional Conference

EMAC 2022 Annual

Back to nature: the role of mindfulness interventions in improving well-being in automated driving contexts

Published: May 24, 2022


Frederica Janotta, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt; Jens Hogreve , Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt ; Anders Gustafsson, BI Norwegian Business School; Line Lervik-Olsen, BI Norwegian Business School


Next to safety and efficiency, the potential to improve driving comfort and reduce stress is considered one of the main motivations for forwarding the development of driving automation. However, previous empirical research does not offer conclusive evidence that automated driving will allow passengers to become “mind-free”, thereby reducing perceived stress and improving emotional states and well-being. This research examines affective reactions to driving automation and derives measures that foster positive affect and decrease negative affect in this context. Findings from a driving simulator study demonstrate that while participants perceive manual driving as more stressful compared to autonomous driving, it was significantly more difficult for them to relax during autonomous driving. Subsequent experimental studies show that employing an instruction-based intervention can offset this effect and lead to significant improvements in various measures of subjective well-being.