10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

The Effects of Different Voices for Speech-Based In-Vehicle Interfaces: Impact of Young and Old Voices on Driving Performance and Attitude

Ing-Marie Jonsson, Nils Dahlbäck

Linköping University, Sweden

This paper investigates how matching age of driver with age of voice in a conversational in-vehicle information system affects attitudes and performance. 36 participants from age groups, 55–75 and 18–25, interacted with a conversational system with young or old voice in a driving simulator. Results show that all drivers rather communicated with a young than old voice in the car. This willingness to communicate had a detrimental effect on driving performance. It is hence important to carefully select voices, since voice properties can have enormous effects on driving safety. Clearly, one voice doesn’t fit all.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jonsson, Ing-Marie / Dahlbäck, Nils (2009): "The effects of different voices for speech-based in-vehicle interfaces: impact of young and old voices on driving performance and attitude", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2795-2798.