“Who Wants to be a Self-driving Car?” is a data driven trust exercise that uses augmented reality to help people empathize with self-driving vehicle systems. Together with moovel Lab, we built an unconventional driving machine that uses a virtual reality headset with real-time three dimensional mapping and object recognition to enable drivers to navigate their surroundings.
The moovel lab, a Daimler research facility in Stuttgart, is an interdisciplinary team engaged in creative projects with a focus on future issues of mobility and human behavior in urban areas. The moovel lab collaborated with us to prototype a rather unconventional vehicle. To better understand how autonomous vehicles perceive their environment we designed a vehicle where the driver lies almost horizontally at hip level-inside the vehicle, driving only with the help of VR-glasses.
The Moovel team are keen to get people thinking about some of the issues and believe making them tangible makes them easier to discuss. They say most of the volunteers who have gone for a ride found it fun—eventually—and informative.
The project, called “Who Wants to Be a Self-Driving Car?,” is meant as a way to help humans empathize with autonomous vehicles. It’s also an exercise in trust and transparency.
The VR headset allows the driver to see the 2K image data from a ZED stereo 3D depth camera which displays the environment of the vehicle in real-time. The 3D environmental mapping is complemented by visual object recognition using the YOLO library of a standard webcam, which assists the driver in comprehending their surroundings properly.
The underlying technologies of self-driving cars, and therefore the discussions about their strengths and unresolved challenges, are rendered visible in this explorative and immersive experience.
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