TUMCREATE participates in science festival organized by Pint of Science Singapore
On 22 May 2019, Wednesday, TUMCREATE’s research team got up close and personal with the residents of Ang Mo Kio to learn more about Singaporean’s preferences on public transport indoor environment. This initiative is part of the science festival by Pint of Science Singapore that aims to bring science closer to the public. Supported by the National Environment Agency (NEA) under its Vibrant Hawker Centres Programme, TUMCREATE partnered with SEC-FCL and visited the neighbourhood at Ang Mo Kio to share more about our research.
At the event, residents were welcomed to participate in our Virtual Reality (VR) experiment that allowed the participants to submerge themselves in a virtual world where they got to become a designer of a waiting room for public transport, experience bicycle simulations in urban environments, encounter autonomous vehicles and more! These virtual environments were specially designed to study and test a user’s needs and expectations. With the use of VR, alternative research methods could be investigated in a reliable way that keeps costs and time spent to the minimum while maximizing on the user’s safety.
Many of the younger residents were eager to try on the VR headsets and it was indeed a fruitful evening for us to gather opinions and preferences on the design of a public transport indoor environment. Our very own Research Associate, Sebastian Stadler, were also there to give more insights on our research.
Public opinions and user acceptance play a pivotal role in the development of future technologies. They are the keys to ensuring a smooth transition toward smart mobility. The studies and analyses that our research team is currently conducting will be beneficial in supporting our other research work that builds toward an autonomous public transport.
Special thanks to Pint of Science Singapore and NEA for organizing and supporting this initiative. We look forward to more such opportunities!