Although the number of accidents and fatalities decrease, the ratio of “vulnerable road users” (VRUs, such as pedestrians or cyclists) tends upwards of 33% of all fatalities in 2014, according to the OECD 2014 Road Safety Report. One approach to further increase safety and contribute to “Vision Zero” (zero fatalities by 2050, proposed as major goal by the European commission) is the provision of automated vehicle (AV) technology. However, to fulfill this promise of increased safety, AVs must be able to communicate with human users in the vicinity – including both drivers of other vehicles and VRUs.

The aim of this half-day workshop is to explore the topic of interaction between automated vehicles and vulnerable road users (VRUs), such as pedestrians or cyclists, in an interactive setting. The workshop is hands-on with no submission of position papers or slots for participant presentations. It aims at deriving knowledge about communication needs across various traffic scenarios resulting in metrics and methodologies for evaluating communication needs by having the participants go through a brief design and evaluation process in a two-step setting. The workshop results will be collected and preserved on this website post-workshop.

How to Participate

Participation is not subject to any submission requirements and free for all interested and properly registered AutoUI participants. Note that the maximum number of participants is limited to 30 and attendance will be handled on a first-come-first-serve-basis.

Date: September 23, 2018

Time: 09:00-13:00

Location: TBD

More information on the AutoUI conference can be found here.


This workshop will consist of 3 parts: an introductory session and 2 hands-on sessions. In this workshop, you will work in small groups and develop a low fidelity AV-VRU communication prototype in the first hands-on session, and then work on an evaluation design for this prototype in the second hands-on session.


The workshop results will be published here after the workshop has concluded.