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JCP 2018 Vol.13(6): 603-615 ISSN: 1796-203X
doi: 10.17706/jcp.13.6.603-615

Development of a Virtual Reality Cycling Simulator

Filip Schramka1, 2, Stefan Arisona1, 2, Michael Joos1, Alexander Erath1
1ETH Zurich, Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore-ETH Centre, 1 CREATE Way, CREATE Tower, Singapore.
2FHNW, Institute of 4D Technologies, Bahnhofstrasse 5, 5210 Windisch, Switzerland.

Abstract—This paper presents a cycling simulator implemented using consumer virtual reality hardware and additional off-the-shelf sensors. Challenges like real time motion tracking within the performance requirements of state of the art virtual reality are successfully mastered. Retrieved data from digital motion processors is sent over Bluetooth to a render machine running Unity3D. By processing this data, a bicycle is mapped into virtual space. Physically correct behaviour is simulated and high quality assets are added to create a full immersive virtual reality experience. Our whole source code is published under an open source licence on GitHub. Ultimately, the cycling simulator will be used for behavioural studies to measure how different street design configurations and traffic levels impact perceived cycling stress level, cognitive reactions and mobility behaviour.

Index Terms—Computer graphics, simulation, game engines, human mobility, virtual reality, movement tracking.


Cite: Filip Schramka, Stefan Arisona, Michael Joos, Alexander Erath, "Development of a Virtual Reality Cycling Simulator," Journal of Computers vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 603-615, 2018.

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ISSN: 1796-203X
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