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nuReality: A VR environment for research of pedestrian and autonomous vehicle interactions

January 12, 2022 nuScenes

Authors: Paul Schmitt, Nicholas Britten, JiHyun Jeong, Amelia Coffey, Kevin Clark, Shweta Sunil Kothawade, Elena Corina Grigore, Adam Khaw, Christopher Konopka, Linh Pham, Kim Ryan, Christopher Schmitt, Aryaman Pandya, Emilio Frazzoli

Published: Jan. 12, 2022

Summary:  In this project we focus on expressive behaviors as a means for pedestrians to readily recognize the underlying intent of the AV's movements. VR is an ideal tool to use to test these situations as it can be immersive and place subjects into these potentially dangerous scenarios without risk. nuReality provides a novel and immersive virtual reality environment that includes numerous visual details (road and building texturing, parked cars, swaying tree limbs) as well as auditory details (birds chirping, cars honking in the distance, people talking). 

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