Automotive'UI 2015: Workshop on the attribution of cognitive abilities to vehicles


Is the vehicle really intelligent, or do we just perceive it as such? Humans interacting with another agent tend to modulate their behaviour, based on their beliefs about the cognitive abilities of the other agent. This remains true when interacting with artificial agents such as modern vehicles. Humans also have a tendency to project cognitive abilities even onto artificial objects that do not actually possess these.

A mismatch can therefore arise between the attributed and actual abilities of a vehicle: it may well be operating using sophisticated algorithms but if their effects are not perceivable by the driver, they may not contribute to the driver's beliefs about the vehicle's abilities. The present workshop explores this perception of a vehicle, how it interacts with actual abilities, and the challenges, and opportunities it offers for human-vehicle interaction and user experience (UX) design.