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A Collaborative Virtual Environment for Safe Driving in a Virtual City by Obeying Traffic Laws

Sharad Sharma
Bowie State University, Department of Computer Science, Bowie, MD, USA

Abstract—The collaborative virtual city environment provides practice to perform informal unstructured, collaborative, constructivist learning instead of instructing individuals on a formal, structured, and programmed based environment. A collaborative virtual city environment has been created using vizard software that can be used by new drivers to help them learn about traffic laws and traffic safety in a safe controlled environment. Pilot studies have been conducted with the system showing its partial success and demonstrate that collaborative learning approach we propose can succeed with smaller group sizes. A significant number of participants followed the traffic rules. Overall 24% participants did not follow any traffic rule. Interestingly the majority of users who did not follow the traffic rules were novice users. Also, there was no marked difference noted for following the traffic rules between participants using the non-immersive and immersive environment. Subjective responses indicated that the Collaborative virtual environment was realistic and engaging. This environment will allow users to prepare for driving exams and we hope that it could possibly become an alternative, supplement, or replacement for the traditional driver’s handbook.

Index Terms—Collaborative virtual environment, virtual worlds training simulations, driving simulator, transportation visualization, driver behavior, driver training

Cite: Sharad Sharma, "A Collaborative Virtual Environment for Safe Driving in a Virtual City by Obeying Traffic Laws," Journal of Traffic and Logistics Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 84-91, December 2017. doi: 10.18178/jtle.5.2.84-91
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