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The Critical Role of Human Factors in Designing the Interaction of Autonomous Vehicles with Pedestrians

Hagai Tapiro, Postdoctoral Fellow
Civil and Construction Engineering
Oregon State University

Human factors engineering principals are now being investigated and implemented widely in autonomous vehicles, mainly regarding the need of human drivers to resume control (take over requests), or, as the level of autonomy increases, with regard to maintaining inhabitants’ comfort in the vehicle. Thus, most emphasis in developing behavioral models for vehicles is given to the internal interaction between the driver/passenger and the vehicle. With regard to interacting with other road users, like pedestrians, means to convey vehicle's intent (primarily in the form of indicators or commands) are being studied, yet, we claim that more is known about pedestrian behavior and that this scientific knowledge can serve to improve the interaction of pedestrians with autonomous vehicles. Based on empirical findings, we present several critical circumstances and conditions that generate adverse pedestrians' behaviors, which make the interaction with them more challenging for a human driver and therefore would most likely be challenging for the autonomous vehicles, unless modeled into their behavior.

Hagai Tapiro graduated from the department of Industrial Engineering & management at Ben Gurion University in 2017. Currently Postdoctoral fellow, research faculty member of the driving and bicycling simulator laboratory in the school of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. His research interests are in the field of human factors engineering, pedestrians’ safety, human-automation interaction and special populations (elderly and children) in the domain of traffic safety.

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Rogers Hall, 226
2000 SW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97331

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Lecture or Presentation

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Civil and Construction Engineering, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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Dylan Jones

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