Coupled simulator for research on the interaction between pedestrians and (automated) vehicles

P. Bazilinskyy, L. Kooijman, D. Dodou, J.C.F. de Winter

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Driving simulators are regarded as valuable tools for human factors research on automated driving and traffic safety. However, simulators that enable the study of human-human interactions are rare. In this study, we present an open-source coupled simulator developed in Unity. The simulator supports input from head-mounted displays, motion suits, and game controllers. It facilitates research on interactions between pedestrians and humans inside manual and automated vehicles. We present results of a demo experiment on the interaction between a passenger in an automated car equipped with an external human-machine interface, a driver of a manual car, and a pedestrian. We conclude that the newly developed open-source coupled simulator is a promising tool for future human factors research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th DSC 2020 Europe VR, driving simulation conference & exhibition
Subtitle of host publicationNew trends in driving simulation & vr science and technology
EditorsAndras Kemeny, Jean-Rémy Chardonnet, Florent Colombet
PublisherDriving Simulation Association (DSA)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)978-2-9573777-0-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventDriving Simulation Conference Europe 2020 VR - Antibes, France
Duration: 9 Sep 202011 Sep 2020
Conference number: 19


ConferenceDriving Simulation Conference Europe 2020 VR
Abbreviated titleDSC 2020 Europe
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  • coupled simulator
  • automated driving
  • virtual reality
  • open-source software


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