An investigation of road crossing in a virtual environment
- Published: Accident Analysis and Prevention. 2003 Sep; 35(5), 2003
- Authors: G. Simpson, L. Johnston, M. Richardson
- Date Added: 02 Feb 2013
- Last Update: 02 Feb 2013
Use of virtual reality system to investigate road crossing behaviour in children and young adults (aged 19 to 30).
Trials were conducted in which vehicles passed at either a uniform speed (but with variable spacing), or with uniform gaps at the time they passed the pedestrian (but with variable speed).
Road crossing performance was better in uniform speed rather than uniform distance trials.
This suggests that pedestrians base road crossing decisions on inter-vehicle distance rather than vehicle speed.
Road crossing, behaviour, virtual reality
Virtual reality was used to illicit more realistic behaviour (i.e. a sense of risk) compared to computer based simulations.