Safety Assessment of the Interaction Between the Autonomous Shuttle Bus and Vulnerable Road Users

As the use of the automated shuttle bus (ASB) continues to increase, there is a need for investigating the safety of vulnerable road users (VRUs) such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. The objective of this project is to investigate crash risk associated with ASB-VRU interactions and identify the effects of the important parameters to improve safety. Computer-based simulations will be used to analyze the safety performance of ASBs and its interaction with pedestrians and bicyclists for real-world roadways. The combination of extensive simulations and use case (provided by industry partner) will identify the high-risk scenarios and address the safety of VRUs according to the NHTSA recommendations. Finally, for the unavoidable crash scenarios, the details of injury will be quantified using high fidelity human models. This project will conduct a risk assessment of ASB-VRU interactions, and provide recommendations supporting the ASBs' safe operation. The safety framework for the ASB-VRU interactions will be provided to assist agencies, developers, and policymakers to make informed decisions and minimize the risk of the road users. The results of this project will be disseminated to stakeholders (e.g., manufacturers, transit agencies, and public) via free webinars. One of the challenges in wider adoption of the ASB is the safety concerns. By providing objective information and improving the safety, this project will contribute to the growth of the ASB industry.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:

    J-04/IDEA 98

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Fitzpatrick, Velvet

  • Performing Organizations:

    Florida State University

  • Principal Investigators:

    Jung, Sungmoon

  • Start Date: 20201103
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01757159
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: J-04/IDEA 98
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 2 2020 3:11PM