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Stopping Position Matters: Drawing A Better Communication between Pedestrian and Driverless Automated Vehicles on Narrow Roads
SessionvSF1: Student Forum
DescriptionAutomated vehicles (AVs) have been expected to be facilitated as a mobility service for improving the quality of life in aging rural areas. This study investigated problematic cases of interaction between pedestrians and AVs in Japanese rural areas, then observed the cases occurred on narrow roads. To explore a better communication method when pedestrians interact with vehicles, a virtual reality experiment examines impacts of two communication methods (external human-machine interface, vehicle movement) regarding two types of vehicle (golf cart, bus). Results showed that pedestrians could make decision on crossing the road quickly when the AV attempted to reduce speed early as well as stopped keeping an appropriate distance from pedestrians. The stopping position is an important contributor to pedestrian decision-making in crossing and attitude towards AVs. Findings of this study have implications for the design of future automated service vehicles in rural areas.