Through wearable sensors and realistic representations of work zones in virtual reality, we plan to collect worker behavioral and physiological (heart rate) responses to warnings issued under various realistic scenarios and various warning mechanisms.
These new sensors are focused on obtaining data about the bicyclist’s behavior, which will complement the current data and contribute to new findings. An iOS platform is also being developed to track the devices and visualize real-time data collected with them. More units are expected to be implemented into the device in the near future for crowdsourcing.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), work zone fatalities at road construction projects account for up to 3% of all workplace fatalities in a given year. We propose adding new functionality to the current VR platform to track the subjects’ attention through his/her head-movement and eye-movement to infer his/her gaze pattern. With the introduction of this method to measure the subject’s attention, we plan to capture additional critical information about the decision a worker makes.