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On-road virtual reality driving simulator

Goedicke, D. (2017) On-road virtual reality driving simulator.

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Abstract:For autonomous vehicles to become market ready it is important to better understand how drivers and passengers will interact with this new technology. This includes the interface design and how the vehicle's motion is perceived by the passengers. We propose a new method to evaluate this interaction, which combines simulators and on-road methods. Through virtual reality, participants can experience what it is like to drive in an autonomous vehicle. They are seated on the passenger of a regular vehicle, which is operated by the experimenter. Additionally, they can indicate steering motions through a steering wheel in front of them. This method allows for a rapid prototyping approach in autonomous vehicle design. The integration of virtual reality in a real car allows for a realistic and immersive experience while being cost-effective. A preliminary validation study yielded promising results and showed that the proof of concept implementation of the system can immerse the participants in a virtual driving scenario. The realism of the system was convincing enough to evoke reflexive behaviors in some test participants in response to the environment. Thus, the results from this study were promising however, further research needs to be done to fully validate this method.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Stanford University, Stanford, US
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 55 traffic technology, transport technology
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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