ProjectCARS: a pre-study

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CARS: a pre-study

CARS (Cognitive Approaches to human-machine-interactions in Real-world Scenarios) is a pre-study which will, through series of simulation based experiments, produce cutting edge research into the increasingly important issue of assessing driver expectations of interactions with a vehicle as a function of its perceived intelligence.

Additionally, this proposed project will create the necessary means to produce a full-scale project proposal to be submitted to an appropriate funding agency (at the national or EU level). In the long term, the research proposed here will contribute to a reduction in traffic fatalities and position Sweden at the frontier of traffic safety research by building upon research from cognitive sciences and human-robot interaction to identify intuitive, natural and therefore safe design principles for human-car communication.

The proposed project goes beyond previous projects (e.g. Haveit, SARTRE, interactIVe) by investigating the driver’s expectations of a car as a function of its perceived intelligence at a cognitive level above low-level control. Test participants will drive cars with different levels of interactivity in a simulation-based environment. Data, such as EEG, eye tracking data, in-simulator video recordings and interview/questionnaire response will be collected. It is expected that the data will enable the identification and analysis of differences in driver representation and expectation of a car as a function of the car's perceived intelligence.


This pre-study is supported by VINNOVA, FFI Vehicle and Traffic safety program. 



Thill S, Nilsson M and Wiberg, H (2012) Studying the effect of perceived autonomy and intelligence on human/machine interactions: the CARS project. Poster presented at the International Conference on Cognitive Systems, Vienna, Austria, 22nd-23rd of February