Chatty Car

Automated vehicles (AVs) promise to enhance driver comfort and wellbeing, and ultimately, deliver ‘mobility for all’. Near-future AVs will create a new, driver-vehicle symbiosis in which both human and non-human agents must work together in pursuit of a common goal. Understanding this relationship and ensuring the appropriate allocation of trust is therefore paramount, particularly during the transfer of control.

The project Chatty Car aims to use existing datasets to design an exemplar, socially responsible, anthropomorphised, natural language interface, incorporating both lexical and non-lexical mediators of trust – findings will be curated in a preliminary design framework.

This project is funded by the UKRI TAS Hub (Agile research programme) and is led by Professor G Burnett, Human Factors, University of Nottingham.