Objectives

Over the last decade Autonomous Driving (AD) has gained attention in academia and industry. With the advent of appearance of Google in 2011 in this area the topic has gained increasing public interest. At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Mercedes has presented the research vehicle F 015 Luxury in Motion , which constitutes their view on fully autonomous vehicles in the future.
Liberating the driver from the responsibility of operating (or even supervising) the vehicle means that we are facing a future where we can provide novel in-car services while the vehicle is under fully automated or semi-automated control. Furthermore, it is predicted that AD will be widespread in the near future. Numerous research organizations and major companies have developed working autonomous vehicle prototypes .
The proposed workshop is based on a series of workshops over the last years. It covers aspects such as the level of automation, visualization of uncertainty in autonomous vehicles, automated vehicles in the wild, the transition phase from manually driven vehicles to autonomous vehicles, Socially-inspired mechanisms for future mobility, and driving fun and entertainment in future cars.

The workshop will collect radical, innovative, versatile and engaging works that challenge or re-imagine human interactions in future automated driving scenarios. It seeks to challenge existing thinking by exploring what is possible now and by the time the autonomous vehicle become a standard feature of our roads. Participants will be encouraged to suggest new concepts. Experiential works and hands-on demonstration are especially encouraged. The workshop is an opportunity to re-shape the conversation of automobile technology and explore new ways of thinking.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Driver and passenger interaction with (semi-) autonomous vehicles (e.g., What will the role of driver and passenger be in this new paradigm?)
  • Driver situational awareness in autonomous vehicles (e.g., How much context information does the driver need to be aware of in order to be able to take over control?)
  • Handover situations between drivers and automated vehicles (e.g., How to effectively inform drivers about handovers? How to share control between car and driver? How to deal with passive fatigue?)
  • User experience factors relevant for autonomous driving (e.g., How will autonomous vehicles influence UX factors such as acceptance, trust, complacency, driving fun, etc.?)
  • Novel user interface approaches including natural and gaze interaction, subliminal information, and brain computer interfaces (e.g., How can utilize new UI approaches to foster seamless interaction between the driver and the autonomous vehicle?)
  • Multimodal driver information displays and how they differ from non-autonomous modes (e.g., What type of information is relevant / irrelevant to an autonomous car driver or passenger?)
  • Increase of workload due to additional monitoring tasks of autonomous vehicles (e.g., How to reduce mental workload for monitoring tasks?)
  • Accessibility for elderly and people with impairments (e.g., How can we ensure that elderly are able to use the advantages of AD?)
  • Experience studies in the lab and in the field with autonomous vehicles (e.g., What prerequisites do we need to conduct user studies in the lab and the field?)
  • Study and evaluation methods for autonomous driving (e.g., Do we need new methods for AD evaluation?)
  • Entertainment and learning for drivers and passengers in autonomous vehicles, as well as gamification approaches (e.g., How can we fight deskilling of drivers?)
  • Ethical issues of autonomous driving (e.g., Which ethical issues arise when conducting user tests with autonomous vehicles? Which ethical issues arise for UI designers and researchers?)
  • Security issues of autonomous vehicles (e.g., How do we address vehicle hacking dangers?)
  • Standardization among automakers (e.g., How can we safeguard standardized behavior in algorithms for self-driving vehicles?)
  • Interaction of autonomous vehicles with vulnerable road users (VRU’s) (e.g., Which communication/negotiation strategies between autonomous vehicles and non-technology equipped humans do we need to design?)