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Visualizing transport futures: the potential of integrating procedural 3d modelling and traffic micro-simulation in Virtual Reality applications
van Eggermond, Michael A.B.
- Conference Paper
In this paper the authors elaborate on potential use cases of Virtual Reality (VR) in transportation research and planning and present how the authors integrated procedural 3D modelling and traffic micro-simulation with the rendering capabilities of a game engine in a semi-automated pipeline. Through a review of potential practical applications, the authors present how this pipeline will be employed to distil behavioural evidence that can guide planners through dilemmas when designing future cycling infrastructure. At the same time, the authors are studying efficacy of VR as a method for assessing perceptual behaviour as opposed to traditional methods of visualization. The authors present how the pipeline can be adapted i) to generate parameterised visualisations for stated preference surveys, ii) as a platform for a cycling simulator and iii) to communicate different design scenarios for stakeholder engagement. Through this experience of developing procedural models, traffic microsimulations and ultimately VR models for streets in Singapore, the authors find that visual and temporal feedback enabled by VR makes several important design parameters observable and allows researchers to conduct new types of behavioural surveys to understand how people will respond to different design options. In addition, the authors conclude that such VR applications open new avenues for citizen engagement and communication of urban plans to stakeholders Show more
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PublisherTRB Annual Meeting
SubjectPedestrians and bicyclists; Planning and forecasting
Organisational unit08058 - Singapore ETH Centre (SEC) / Singapore ETH Centre (SEC)
03521 - Axhausen, Kay W.
02226 - NSL - Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft / NSL - Network City and Landscape
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Is new version of: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11850/118798
Is Documented by: https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000129871
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