Criteria evaluation of a virtual reality platform to investigate people’s behaviour towards autonomous vehicles

Sebastian Stadler, Henriette Cornet, Fritz Frenkler

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Abstract

Additionally to methods such as Wizard-of-Oz and questionnaires, Virtual Reality (VR) is already used by a considerable number of researchers in the field of autonomous mobility. One of the applications for VR is the investigation of people’s behaviours towards autonomous vehicles as pedestrians and passengers. The goal of the paper is to evaluate the suitability of a VR platform for this specific application and to compare it to other methods. For this evaluation, criteria are defined and weighted based on a literature review and interviews with experts from VR industries and academia. A qualitative assessment of the VR platform is conducted with the weighted criteria, which enables the comparison to other methods. The results show that aspects such as safety and validity of results are the most important criteria for conducting research in the field of autonomous mobility, followed by criteria such as the involvement of time and cost as well as a usable interaction with the system. In future research, alternative methods will be tested in the same context in order to objectify the findings and further refine the criteria set.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalActes (IFSTTAR)
StatePublished - 2020
EventDriving Simulation and Virtual Reality Conference and Exhibition, DSC 2020 EUROPE - Antibes, France
Duration: 9 Sep 202011 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Driving Simulation
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Virtual Reality

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