Title: An HMD-based pedestrian simulator for training and measuring individuals perceptual-motor behaviour in road crossing

Authors: Muhammad Azam; Gyoojae Choi; Hyun Chae Chung

Addresses: Government College University Lahore, Kacheri Road, Lahore 54000, Pakistan ' Kunsan National University, 558, Daehak-ro, Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea ' Kunsan National University, 558, Daehak-ro, Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Abstract: Pedestrian simulators are used to evaluate human perception and behaviour in road-crossing. It is, however, needful to ensure that whether the virtual environment used in those systems is in accordance with real-world situations and ecologically validated. The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of a simulator that can be used to study pedestrians' perceptual-motor behaviour in road crossing. Depending on the perception-action approach, we developed a user-friendly experimental paradigm in which a participant can perceive/walk to cross the road. The paradigm consisted of a mobile virtual reality, an actual corridor, and a locomotion recording system. A summary of results relating to improved perceptual judgment and movement timing has been presented to validate the applicability of this pedestrian simulator in research. The summary of the results concluded that this innovative pedestrian simulator is a beneficial tool for research and training to improve pedestrians' perceptual-motor behaviour in the road-crossing task.

Keywords: pedestrian simulator; perception-action; actor-environment system; ecological validity; perceptual-motor learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHFE.2020.112501

International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2020 Vol.7 No.4, pp.325 - 342

Received: 23 May 2020
Accepted: 28 Aug 2020

Published online: 05 Jan 2021 *

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