Virtual Cycling Environment (VCE)

Virtual Cycling Environment for interactive bicycling experiments with vehicle-to-anything (V2X) communication


In order to trace and record realistic and reliable cyclist behavior, we developed the Virtual Cycling Environment (VCE). It allows cyclists to ride a virtual bicycle in a 3D virtual reality environment by interacting with a physical bicycle on a training stand. Foreign traffic (i.e., cars) and wireless networking are provided by the specialized simulators SUMO and Veins, respectively. The physical bike simulator is then coupled via the Ego-Vehicle Interface (EVI) to this simulation platform. The VCE provides a high degree of realism to the cyclist, thanks to the haptics of a physical bicycle combined with virtual reality systems. Researchers can leverage this to study the interaction of cyclists and their traffic environment without the danger of physical harm. Thanks to the coupling to Veins, even future assistance systems relying on communication can be tested.

If you are using components (or the concept) of the VCE or traces we recorded with the VCE, we would appreciate a citation: More publications using the VCE can be found here.


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