Making self-driving vehicles trustworthy by projecting their intentions to other road users
Jaguar Land Rover
Engineers at Jaguar Land Rover have developed a system for self-driving vehicles which projects to other road users what its next intentions are.
The research project into how people can develop their trust
in autonomous vehicles, sees the pod beam a number of projections on the road
showing what it will do next, such as it coming to a halt or turning left.
Tested on the autonomous pods developed by Aurrigo, each one
has a series of bars with adjustable spacing. The gaps shorten as the pod is
preparing to brake before fully compressing as it comes to a stop. Accelerating
away causes the spacing between the bars to increase, before fanning right or
left to indicate which way the vehicle will turn.
Pete Bennett, Jaguar Land Rover’s Future Mobility Research
Manager, said the trials are about understanding how much information an
autonomous vehicle should share with a pedestrian to gain their trust. He adds:
“Just like any new technology, humans have to learn to trust
it, and when it comes to autonomous vehicles, pedestrians must have confidence
they can cross the road safely. The pioneering research is forming the basis of
ongoing development into how self-driving cars will interact with people in the
Jaguar Land Rover’s Future Mobility team set up the trials
alongside cognitive psychologists to answer the fear that 41 percent of drivers
and pedestrians have expressed in studies about sharing the road with