An investigation of road crossing in a virtual environment

Gordon Simpson, Lucy Johnston, Michael Richardson

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The reported study employed a virtual reality (VR) system, using a head mounted display (HMD), to investigate road crossing behavior in children and young adults. Younger children (aged 5-9 years) made the greatest number of unsafe road crossings and the oldest participants (aged > 19 years) the fewest. Overall performance was better (fewer unsafe road crossings) in uniform speed than uniform distance trials, consistent with previous research suggesting that pedestrians base road crossing decisions on inter-vehicle distance rather than vehicle speed. Results are discussed in terms of road crossing behavior and the use of VR simulations in the study of pedestrian behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-796
Number of pages10
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2003
Externally publishedYes


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