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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-20-059    Date:  September 2020
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-20-059
Date: September 2020


Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Learning About Driver and Pedestrian Behaviors Through Connected Simulation Technology

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1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No. 3 Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

Learning About Driver and Pedestrian Behaviors Through Connected Simulation

5. Report Date

September 2020

6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Joseph Kearney, Jodie Plumert, Chris Schwarz, Stephen Baek, Elizabeth O'Neal,
Wanxin Wang, Daniel McGehee

8. Performing Organization Report No.


9. Performing Organization Name and Address

National Advanced Driving Simulator
The University of Iowa
2401 Oakdale Blvd.
Iowa City, IA 52242

131 Rollins Ave., Unit 4A
Rockville, MD 20852

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-12-H-00003, DTFH61-13-X-30003,

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Corporate Research, Technology, and Innovation Management
Federal Highway Administration
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101-2296

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Research Summary Report
September 2017 — March 2020

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

Contracting Officer's Representative: Brian Philips, HRDS-30 Technical Contact: David Kuehn, HRTM-30

16. Abstract

This research summary report provides a description of research carried out to improve the understanding of connected simulated
technology and how to expand the study of interactions between drivers and pedestrians, impacting the creation of technologies
involving safety and mobility.

This project resulted in the development of mixed-mode connected driving and pedestrians with the use of graphical avatars,
representing the live actions and movements of drivers and pedestrians. Additionally, new methods of scenario control and data
analysis suited for multiparticipant simulation research were created.

17. Key Words

Simulation, simulators, distributed simulation, connected
simulation, avatars, virtual reality

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

19. Security Classification
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20. Security Classification
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21. No. of Pages


22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized

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