Encouraging learners to drive using game elements and smartphones

Fitz-Walter, Zachary, Tjondronegoro, Dian W., & Wyeth, Peta (2012) Encouraging learners to drive using game elements and smartphones. In Farrell, Vivienne, Farrell, Graham, Chua, Casion, Huang, Weidong, Vasa, Raj, & Woodward, Clinton (Eds.) Proceedings of the 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2012), ACM, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VIC.


Young drivers aged 17-24 years are at a risk of death and injury from road crashes primarily due to their age and inexperience on the road. Our research aims to investigate if a gamified mobile tracking and intervention tool can help to address this issue. We aim to build a smartphone application to support the current process of logging driving hours using a physical logbook and pen in Queensland. This provides an easier way to log driving hours than recording them in a logbook. In an attempt to engage Learners and encourage them to undertake more diverse driving practice we will explore how game elements can be integrated into the experience to motivate Learners. Previous research in other domains has shown that framing tasks as game-like can help engage and motivate users, however the addition of game elements to this space provides some interesting design challenges. This paper presents an overview of the research and presents these challenges for further discussion.

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ID Code: 54553
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Learner Drivers, gamification, gameful design, mobile devices, smartphone
ISBN: 978-1-4503-1438-1
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > Schools > Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Copyright Statement: Copyright in material reproduced here remains with the author(s), who have granted CHISIG a licence to distribute the material as part of the OzCHI2012 electronic proceedings. For any further use please contact the author(s).
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2012 03:29
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2013 09:22

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