Using Connected Intelligent Transportation to Enhance Vulnerable Road User Safety

In an era where Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are becoming increasingly prevalent, the safety and equitable treatment of Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) such as pedestrians and cyclists are of paramount concern. This project aims to tackle these challenges by creating a comprehensive interaction system to ensure VRU safety within a connected environment. Leveraging Virtual Reality (VR) simulations, VRU wearable devices, advanced algorithms, and real-time data integration, the research team aims to develop a human-in-the-loop digital twin system to test and improve the perception and decision-making mechanisms for both AVs and VRUs. The project will unfold through a series of tasks, including the development of a VR-based testing environment, a warning system for VRUs, and an AV collision avoidance system. By achieving these objectives, the team anticipates setting new benchmarks in road safety and equitable access to transportation resources.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $220000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

    2901 Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, Michigan  United States  48109
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    1415 Engineering Drive
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Principal Investigators:

    Noyce, David

    Chen, Sikai

    Ahn, Sue

  • Start Date: 20240101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20241231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01906152
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348305
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 28 2024 12:22PM