ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research

Street-Crossing behaviour of younger and older pedestrians and car drivers

Project Members: Michael Jäger, Loreen scheffler, Thomas Nyffeler, Urs P Mosimann, René Müri, Tobias Nef
Project Start: 2010
Project End: 2015

Crossing a street as pedestrian or driver is a challenging task that requires gathering information over a large area. The challenge is to acquire the necessary information for a decision of when to cross within a limited window of time. To better understand how the acquired information leads to a crossing decision, we have modified the driving simulator to study street- and intersection-crossing behaviour.

A stroke patient with visual neglect during an experiment to measure visual exploration behaviour before street crossing.


Stroke patient (green dots) and of a healthy test person (red dots).

Keywords: Visual exploration, street crossing, driving, simulator


Zito, Giuseppe Angelo; Cazzoli, Dario; Scheffler, Loreen; Jäger, Michael; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Nyffeler, Thomas; Mast, Fred; Nef, Tobias (2015). Street crossing behavior in younger and older pedestrians: an eye- and head-tracking study. BMC Geriatrics, 15(1), p. 176. BioMed Central 10.1186/s12877-015-0175-0

Jäger, Michael; Nyffeler, Thomas; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Nef, Tobias (2015).Adapting a driving simulator to study pedestrians' street-crossing decisions: A feasibility study.Assistive Technology, 27(1), pp. 1-8. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/10400435.2014.929193