Assessing Pedestrians’ Perceptions and Willingness to Interact with Autonomous Vehicles

The overall purpose of this project is to measure a pedestrians’ willingness to cross an intersection when an autonomous vehicle is simultaneously waiting to proceed. Recently, the automobile industry has experienced an explosion of efforts to enhance autonomous vehicle capabilities and set an eventual goal to remove human operators when viable. However, this new goal has created a gap in the research assessing the relationship between autonomous vehicles and their interaction with pedestrians. It is important to realize that routine interactions between pedestrians and automobiles will change dramatically. The pedestrian crossing the street can no longer receive a visual or auditory cue from the driver signaling a recognition of their presence and intentions to cross. Therefore, it is important to recognize the need for enhanced safety features encompassing a unique interaction. First and foremost, these features should be designed to enhance safety for both the pedestrian and any passengers traveling inside of the autonomous vehicle. Furthermore, they should augment consumers’ and shareholders’ confidence towards investing in these products.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $49199
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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:

      Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility

      North Carolina A&T State University
      1601 E. Market Street
      Greensboro, NC  United States  27411
    • Performing Organizations:

      Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

      600 S. Clyde Morris Boulevard
      Daytona Beach, Fl  United States  32114
    • Principal Investigators:

      Winter, Scott

    • Start Date: 20180201
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190131
    • Actual Completion Date: 20190228
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01664238
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A355174125
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Mar 26 2018 4:06PM