On the road with an autonomous passenger shuttle : integration in public spaces

Eden, Grace (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)) ; Nanchen, Benjamin (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)) ; Ramseyer, Randolf (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)) ; Evéquoz, Florian (Human-IST, University of Fribourg, Switzerland ; University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis))

The integration of autonomous vehicles (AVs) onto public roads presents both technical and social challenges. Public understanding and acceptance of AVs requires engagement with people who live in, work at or visit cities where they are deployed on public road networks. We investigate the impact of one of the first placements of AV passenger transport on public roadways: the Sion <<SmartShuttle>>. This late-breaking research presents preliminary results from interviews with local shopkeepers, residents, pedestrians and drivers to understand their attitudes and opinions of the shuttle. We also discuss video-based fieldwork that demonstrates how drivers negotiate next moves with one another through their windscreens using embodied signals such as gestures, lip-reading, and head nods to coordinate and manage a traffic situation. Finally, we consider the implications for how fully autonomous vehicles might be designed to take into account the subtle negotiations that road users engage in to coordinate with one another.


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Conference Type:
full paper
Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
HEG-VS
Institute:
Institut Informatique de gestion
Subject(s):
Economie/gestion
Publisher:
Denver, USA, 6-11 May 2017
Date:
Denver, USA
6-11 May 2017
2017
Pagination:
8 p.
Published in:
Proceedings of the ACM CHI 2017
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