Simulation Notes Europe, Volume 22(2), August 2012

Cognitive Aspects of Traffic Simulations in Virtual Environments

Simulation Notes Europe SNE 22(2), 2012, 83-88
DOI: 10.11128/


Using virtual environment systems for road safety education requires a realistic simulation of road traffic. Current traffic simulations are either too restricted in their complexity of agent behavior or focus on aspects not important in virtual environments. More importantly, none of them are concerned with modeling misbehavior of traffic participants which is part of everyday traffic and should therefore not be neglected in this context. We present a concept for a traffic simulation that addresses the need for more realistic agent behavior with regard to road safety education. The two major components of this concept are a simulation of persistent agents which minimizes computa-tional overhead and a model of cognitive processes of human drivers combined with psychological personality profiles to allow for individual behavior and misbehavior.