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Julian Heinovski, Lukas Stratmann, Dominik S. Buse, Florian Klingler, Mario Franke, Marie-Christin H. Oczko, Christoph Sommer, Ingrid Scharlau and Falko Dressler, "Modeling Cycling Behavior to Improve Bicyclists' Safety at Intersections – A Networking Perspective," Proceedings of 20th IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM 2019), Washington, D.C., June 2019.


Road traffic is continuously increasing worldwide and Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) such as bicyclists are ever more susceptible to injuries from crashes. Vehicular Ad-hoc Network (VANET) technologies in combination with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are currently being evaluated to enhance road traffic safety. The same technology is now also considered for warning cyclists about imminent crashes. Prototypes for such VANET-enabled bicycles already exist, however, the primary problem here is verification and test due to immediate safety concerns for the participants. Computer simulation is considered a more feasible alternative; however, realistic behavior models of VRUs are not available in the required quality and quantity. We developed a virtual cycling environment to address this issue, allowing to study and record cyclists’ behavior. We collected (and make available) traces from a variety of subjects cycling towards an intersection for three different safety critical scenarios. As proof of concept, we then used these traces in our vehicular networking simulation framework to assess the impact of a simple VANET solution on the cyclists’ safety. Our results demonstrate the need for such an integrated framework for empirical studies as well as for simulation-based exploration of system configurations.

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Julian Heinovski
Lukas Stratmann
Dominik S. Buse
Florian Klingler
Mario Franke
Marie-Christin H. Oczko
Christoph Sommer
Ingrid Scharlau
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Heinovski, Julian and Stratmann, Lukas and Buse, Dominik S. and Klingler, Florian and Franke, Mario and Oczko, Marie-Christin H. and Sommer, Christoph and Scharlau, Ingrid and Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.1109/WoWMoM.2019.8793008},
    title = {{Modeling Cycling Behavior to Improve Bicyclists' Safety at Intersections -- A Networking Perspective}},
    publisher = {IEEE},
    isbn = {978-1-7281-0270-2},
    address = {Washington, D.C.},
    booktitle = {20th IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM 2019)},
    month = {6},
    year = {2019},

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