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Pedestrian in the Loop: An approach using virtual reality

Michael Hartmann; Marco Viehweger; Wim Desmet; Michael Stolz; Daniel Watzenig

A large number of testing procedures have been developed to ensure vehicle safety in common and extreme driving situations. However, these conventional testing procedures are insufficient for testing autonomous vehicles. They have to handle unexpected scenarios with the same or less risk a human driver would take. Currently, safety related systems are not adequately tested, e.g. in collision avoidance scenarios with pedestrians. Examples are the change of pedestrian behaviour caused by interaction, environmental influences and personal aspects, which cannot be tested in real environments. It is proposed to use Virtual Reality techniques. This method can be seen as a new Pedestrian in the Loop testing procedure.

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