Designers use a simulation to design interior spaces for buses, but for many designers the idea of using virtual reality is more appealing.
The interactive simulation, created by London-based interior designer James P. Steed, is a real-time interactive design program that allows users to create the final interior designs for buses using computer-generated imagery.
The simulation lets users simulate a bus interior in three dimensions.
The user then enters information about the interior space and enters text into the virtual space to create detailed text descriptions, such as how long it takes to go from one side of the bus to the other, how much space there is for a seat and so on.
It also lets users choose how many seats are needed and how many people are on each seat.
In the simulation, the user can adjust the height of the seats by adjusting the width of the windows.
Posing as an engineer, the designer then adds a bus stop to the interior, adding a space for a pedestrian crossing.
The designers also add a door to the bus stop.
The bus stops are then attached to the floor of the interior and can be controlled by a joystick.
Steeds says that while the simulator is interactive, it’s also very realistic, with “realistic materials and details”.
Steeds also notes that the program is free to use.
“It’s a very good way of testing if the idea is right,” he says.
A recent project at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Royal Academy of Art and the London School of Economics involved simulated bus shelters for an urban planning project in London.
The design team simulated the interior of an underground station in the city’s south-east, which was designed to be a “virtual-reality destination” that would have the capacity to accommodate more than 1,000 people.
The simulator allowed the designers to test the ideas of the project’s architect, which were to use virtual reality to simulate the layout of a bus shelter for a city-wide bus shelter program.
The team also used a virtual reality model of a pedestrian walkway at the site of the proposed project to test their designs.
“You’re really looking at the virtual reality version of the space, the virtual shelter, which is really a kind of virtual-reality habitat,” says Steed.
“This is a place where the people and the environment will be created.”
In the simulator, the designers used the virtual spaces to simulate pedestrians walking around and making eye contact with each other.
Stees says that the simulation allows the team to see the effect of physical obstacles, such a bus station or a pedestrian bridge, to see how pedestrians react to them.
“When we were creating this project, we saw that a pedestrian crosswalk in a busy bus station is a significant problem,” he explains.
Steeds adds that the simulations help to show that there is a problem with a physical barrier that needs to be addressed. “
We then took the models of the crosswalk and then simulated the pedestrian crossing on the cross walk.”
Steeds adds that the simulations help to show that there is a problem with a physical barrier that needs to be addressed.
“I think it is very important that the designers of our cities have a good understanding of what physical barriers are,” he adds.
The simulations also help to simulate a pedestrian walking along the pedestrian bridge that would be part of the London plan.
“The pedestrians crosswalk is part of this project and we were trying to understand what the physical barrier would be,” he notes.
“And it turns out the problem with the pedestrian cross walk is the road.
You can imagine that pedestrians have to cross this road every day, it is really an urban problem.”
The simulation also lets the team explore the effects of the design of the park and how it would work in the future.
“One of the challenges that the city faces is to manage the density of pedestrians in urban areas,” Steeds explains.
This is the issue that has been very well documented in studies in which researchers have tried to find a solution for how to make streets safe and walkable for people walking to work, school and other places.
“These kinds of problems are going to have to be dealt with by design, and we think that the ability to simulate those kinds of challenges is really very important for a design to be able to work,” he continues.