Children's Views on Identification and Intention Communication of Self-driving Vehicles

Vicky Charisi, Azra Habibovic, Jonas Andersson, Jamy Jue Li, Vanessa Evers

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    One of the major reasons behind traffic accidents is misinterpretation among road users. Self-driving vehicles are expected to reduce these accidents, given that they are designed with all road users in mind. Recently, research on the design of vehicle-pedestrian communication has emerged, but to our knowledge, there is no research published that investigates the design of interfaces for intent communication towards child pedestrians. This paper reports the initial steps towards the examination of children's views and understandings about the appearance and intention communication of self-driving vehicles. It adopts a design inclusive methodological approach for the development of a prototype for the communication of two basic intentions: "I am going to stop" and "I am going to proceed". The initial results indicate children's need to be aware about the autonomy of the vehicle and the use of their previous experience with traffic signs for the interpretation of communicative signs of the vehicle.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIDC '17 Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4921-5
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
    Event16th Interaction Design and Children Conference 2017 - Stanford University, Stanford, United States
    Duration: 27 Jun 201730 Jun 2017
    Conference number: 16


    Conference16th Interaction Design and Children Conference 2017
    Abbreviated titleIDC 2017
    CountryUnited States
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