Pedestrian Attitudes to Shared-Space Interactions with Autonomous Vehicles – A Virtual Reality Study

Christopher G. Burns, Luis Oliveira, Vivien Hung, Peter Thomas, Stewart Birrell

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Abstract

The automotive industry is steadily moving towards fully autonomous vehicles, and it is becoming important to understand attitudes towards them. This study is an aspect of the www.ukautodrive.com project with Jaguar-Land Rover, RDM Automotive, and The University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). Uniquely, we used a prototype fully autonomous vehicle, and were interested in pedestrian attitudes towards this vehicle manoeuvring in close proximity. Using virtual reality (VR) cameras, we filmed 18 manoeuvring scenarios and presented them using VR equipment. Participants answered four short rating-scale questions after each exposure, and self-reported less trust and safety when the vehicle was faster and closer. This work has implications both for real-world autonomous vehicles, and for further use of VR technology. That the VR environments seemed sufficiently convincing to evoke consistent responses from volunteers represents a considerable opportunity across a variety of experimental domains, and can improve further with advances in this technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
EditorsNeville Stanton
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Pages307-316
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-20503-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-20502-7
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: 24 Jul 201928 Jul 2019
http://www.ahfe2019.org/

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume964
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics
Abbreviated titleAHFE 2019
CountryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.
Period24/07/1928/07/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Human factors
  • Safety
  • Trust

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