Human-computer interaction (HCI) is crucial for the safety of lives as autonomous vehicles (AVs) become commonplace. Yet, little effort has been put toward ensuring that AVs understand humans on the road. In this paper, we present GLADAS, a simulator-based research platform designed to teach AVs to understand pedestrian hand gestures. GLADAS supports the training, testing, and validation of deep learning-based self-driving car gesture recognition systems. We focus on gestures as they are a primordial (i.e, natural and common) way to interact with cars. To the best of our knowledge, GLADAS is the first system of its kind designed to provide an infrastructure for further research into human-AV interaction. We also develop a hand gesture recognition algorithm for self-driving cars, using GLADAS to evaluate its performance. Our results show that an AV understands human gestures 85.91% of the time, reinforcing the need for further research into human-AV interaction.
- Pub Date:
- October 2019
- Computer Science - Human-Computer Interaction;
- Computer Science - Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition;
- Computer Science - Machine Learning;
- Computer Science - Robotics
- 9 Pages, 7 Figures