WEpod Welly in Delft
Interactions between pedestrian and automated vehicles in virtual reality
In collaboration with the Research Lab Automated Driving Delft, I am doing research into the effects of automated vehicles. My research is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research project SURF STAD (stad.tudelft.nl) and focuses on the interactions between automated vehicles and vulnerable road users (cyclists & pedestrians). The shift from human-operated vehicles to automated ones means that the signals that we currently use in our street-crossing behaviour will have different consequences. An example of this is eye contact. Eye contact is currently an important signal for determining whether we are seen by the other road users. However, when the person in the automated vehicle is not the one driving it, that eye contact may be meaningless or counterproductive. Specifically, a passenger in the driver’s seat could accidentally trigger a pedestrian to cross the street, which could result in unsafe crossing behaviour. However, there are even more signals that may change with the addition of automated vehicles. These will be researched in the following experiment.
Welly, one of the WEpods, came to TU Delft for a special occasion. This gave me the opportunity to record special 360° videos of the WEpod. This kind of video can be used for simulations and will be used in this experiment to simulate a crossing situation. The goal of this experiment is to study the effects of automated vehicles on pedestrian crossing behaviour. This specifically concerns how the physical appearance of the vehicle, the road design, and new means of communication impact pedestrian crossing behaviour. The 360° videos will be shown to participants using virtual reality glasses, which will create a life-like experience for them. Ultimately, the results of this experiment will help us to better understand these interactions and hopefully, bring us a step closer to automated vehicles.
J. Pablo Núñez Velasco, MSc.
Faculteit Civiele Techniek en Geowetenschappen
Afdeling Transport & Planning
IN THE MEDIA
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- THE NETHERLANDS ‘BEST PREPARED’ FOR AUTONOMOUS CARS, CYCLISTS MAKE ARRIVAL DIFFICULT Published in: NOS
- SENSOR USE WITH AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES Published in: De Volkskrant
- COMEDIAN PIETER JOUKE SEES POSSIBILITIES Published in: delft.nl
- RIJKSOVERHEID.NL: SPEECH BY MINISTER SCHULTZ VAN HAEGEN AT THE OPENING OF THE SMART MOBILITY RESEARCH LAB Published in: Rijksoverheid.nl
- VR and Field Study to analyse interaction between pedestrians and autonomous vehicles Published on: Friday 22 February 2019
- Folluw up research car sickness Published on: Wednesday 19 December 2018
- Wanted: Research Opportunity at RADD Published on: Wednesday 07 February 2018
- Bikesim Published on: Monday 23 October 2017
- Opening of Researchlab Automated Driving Delft Published on: Saturday 24 June 2017