Interaction Designer

Jaspr Labs

Autonomous Vehicles Performing as Robots

To drive adoption of autonomous vehicles, the design of user experiences should be treated as ‘interactions with robots’, not as cars. Trustworthy autonomous vehicle-based services are possible if the user experiences are modeled after design principles from the field of human-robot interaction.

How might our understanding of designing robot behaviors be leveraged to create trust in autonomous vehicles at the individual level?

I set out to answer this question by exploring user's perceptions of autonomous vehicles by making models and conducting user research. First, I built a full-scale model that served as a vessel to study how user's might act in an autonomous vehicle. Currently, I am finishing my functioning autonomous vehicle that will be used to explore people's perceptions of autonomy and their comfort with relinquishing control. 

First full-scale model (4 person) to study user's perceptions and behaviors. Also served as a great vessel for critiques. 

Almost complete autonomous vehicle build.

Body-storming through the interior experience. Exploring vehicle status screen options. 

 David Kim, providing feedback on vehicle interior.

David Kim, providing feedback on vehicle interior.

 Visit from Miro Kroner on vehicle controls layout.

Visit from Miro Kroner on vehicle controls layout.

 Aipaca, finished model photographed outside for scale

Aipaca, finished model photographed outside for scale

 Aipaca, finished model photographed outdoors. Model: Erick Medel

Aipaca, finished model photographed outdoors. Model: Erick Medel