Experimental Investigation of Pedestrian Dynamics in Circle Antipode Experiments

Yao Xiao, Rui Jiang, Ziyou Gao, Xingang Li, Yunchao Qu


To explore the pedestrian motion navigation and conflict reaction mechanisms in practice, we organized a series of circle antipode experiments. In the experiments, pedestrians are uniformly initialized on the circle and required to leave for their antipodal positions simultaneously. On the one hand, a conflicting area is naturally formulated in the center region due to the converged shortest routes, so the practical conflict avoidance behaviors can be fully explored. On the other hand, the symmetric experimental conditions of pedestrians, e.g., symmetric starting points, symmetric destination points, and symmetric surroundings, lay the foundation for further quantitative comparisons among participants. The pedestrian trajectories in the experiments are recognized and rotated, and several aspects, e.g., the trajectory space distribution, route length, travel time, velocity distribution, and time-series, are investigated. It is found that: (1) Pedestrians prefer the right-hand side during the experiments; (2) The route length follows a log-normal distribution, the route potential obeys an exponential distribution, and travel time as well as speed are normally distributed; (3) Taking the short routes unexpectedly cost pedestrians plenty of travel time, while detours seem to be time-saving.


circle antipode experiment; pedestrian trajectories; experiment analysis; pedestrian dynamics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/CD.2020.106

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