A new study has sought to determine the potential of VR for the performance of studies that are limited by cost, difficulty, or danger in the real world. The authors used an immersive, interactive VR environment to test pedestrian safety when crossing intersections. Average walking speed with found to be consistent with real-world norms, and rates of pedestrian collision were measured when a vehicle violated the traffic signal in the VR environment. “Overall, the study results confirm the effectiveness of the new virtual reality technology for research on full motion tasks,” the authors conclude.
Deb S, Carruth DW, Sween R, et al. Efficacy of virtual reality in pedestrian safety research. Appl Ergon. 2017. Basic Research, General VR