Augmented on-road driving simulator for autonomous vehicles using virtual reality (VRAV)

The most authentic experience yet of being a passenger in a fully autonomous vehicle using a combination of real world driving and augmented reality visualisation.

Investigators

  • Associate Professor Selby Coxon
    Monash Art, Design and Architecture
  • Professor Le Hai Vu
    Dr Barrett Ens
    Dr Steve O’Hern
    Professor Andrew Parkes
    Monash University

Co-investigators

  • Michael Neylan
    Raymond Chow
    Xin Zou
    Pascal Mater
    Monash University

Funded by

  • Monash Infrastructure

Monash has developed the VRAV, an augmented on-road driving simulator for autonomous vehicles using virtual reality offering a potential means to test drivers’ responses to unsafe driving conditions.

Selby Coxon

This project was a collaboration between Engineering (Intelligent Information Systems), the Accident Research Centre (MUARC), Faculty of IT and the Mobility Design Lab.

There are a number of virtual reality tools that seek to replicate the experience of riding in an autonomous vehicle. Without the sensation of motion there remains the issue of truly reflecting an authentic experience. VRAV is unique in that it enabled a passenger to feel the sensations of driving without seeing a driver.

VRAV was a recipient of the 2019 Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) National Research Award.