Are we Traffic-Ready? Navigating the Integration of Autonomous Vehicles in Urban Landscapes

Presenter: Andrea Avignone
Monday, April 22nd, 2024 5:00 PM
Location: Sala Grande Polito@Covivio, Corso Ferrucci 112


The advent of autonomous vehicles stands as a key aspect in the mobility landscape of future smart cities. This evolution requires careful considerations on matters of road safety and seamless integration within mixed traffic environments.

A major area of impact is the interaction between pedestrians and autonomous vehicles, especially at unsignalized crosswalks. The city of Turin has joined the H2020 SHOW project (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption), allowing an autonomous shuttle to circulate on the street.

Through the collaboration between Politecnico di Torino (DAUIN and DIATI departments) and Fondazione Links, we conducted a conflict analysis to compare the safety of pedestrian interactions with both the autonomous shuttle and conventional vehicles using video data, showing the implications and challenges of this future traffic wave.


Andrea Avignone is enrolled in the “Urban Data Science” Ph.D. program at the Department of Control and Computer Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (Italy). He is also member of the SmartData@PoliTO research center and the racing motorcycle university team 2WheelsPoliTo. He obtained the B.Sc. in Electronic And Communications Engineering and the M.Sc. in ICT for Smart Societies at Politecnico di Torino. His current research interests include applications of data science and machine learning solutions within the Smart City context.

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