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Date: 2023-2026

Smart cities, smart mobility, and smart energy
Intelligent building and environment


Technological Innovation Consultancy


Human-Technology Interaction, and Robotics


Human Factors, usability, and UX design



The coexistence zones design (spaces where vehicles, pedestrians and other agents coexist without obvious physical separation) aims to create urban environments that promote safety, functionality and quality of life for their users.



It is developed in a strategic sector of the national economy and aims to increase its competitiveness, based on factors of innovation, differentiation and a strong collaborative dynamic throughout the various segments of the sector's value chain, supported by improving the qualification of its assets.

It has a specific focus on 6 strategic pillars - energy transition, decarbonization, circularity, digital transition, training and capacity building and promotion and dissemination.


The IMPACT project explores pedestrian and driver perception of safety and behavior in relation to different approaches to designing shared spaces and combinations of soundscapes​​​​



Its main contribution is the production design guidelines, derived from a holistic approach, for future developments. Various behavioral models for drivers and pedestrians will also be developed. In addition, vehicle operation models will be established according to the layout of the sharing spaces. Perceived safety will be communicated by users and related to objective indicators extracted from virtual reality experiences.


The CCG/ZGDV is responsible for carrying out user studies using immersive tools (CAVE and virtual reality) to study interactions between pedestrians and vehicles and the factors that affect them.




For this purpose, two simulators will be used, one for experiments with drivers and the other with pedestrians, which will be fed by data acquired in a real context and in space projects defined with the participation of urban planners and designers.

Also be responsible for collecting environmental and tire-pavement noise in a real context and implementing sound spatialization algorithms within the simulator.