The intersection of pedestrian safety and multimodal perception

Pedestrian injury is a costly and all-too-common form of unintentional injury. The pedestrian’s task is complex, requiring individuals to glean information from the environment and make judgments based on that information. Previous pedestrian safety research has included both visual and auditory perceptual cues. Few studies, however, have specifically focused on examining the unique strengths and weaknesses of vision and audition in the pedestrian task. The authors therefore posit future pedestrian safety research should give more detailed consideration to the perceptual modalities involved in the pedestrian task. The human factors literature contains theories and frameworks which pedestrian safety researchers and practitioners may use to conceptualize the perceptual components of the pedestrian’s tasks. The authors propose a multimodal approach to pedestrian safety research comprising two broad principles drawn from the perceptual modality literature: independence and dominance. The authors discuss the principles in the context of how each principle may inform pedestrian safety research as well as injury prevention efforts.


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  • Accession Number: 01724257
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 2 2019 5:06PM