Do We Blindly Trust Self-Driving Cars

Kamilla Egedal Andersen, Simon Köslich, B. Pedersen, Bente Charlotte Weigelin, Lars Christian Jensen

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Trust is an essential factor in ensuring robust human-robot
interaction. However, recent work suggests that people can
be too trusting of the technology with which they interact
during emergencies, causing potential harm to themselves.
To test whether this “over-trust” also extends to normal day-
to-day activities, such as driving a car, we carried out a series
of experiments with an autonomous car simulator. Partici-
pants (N=73) engaged in a scenario with no, correct or false
audible information regarding the state of traffic around the
self-driving vehicle, and were told they could assume control
at any point in the interaction. Results show that partici-
pants trust the autonomous system, even when they should
not, leading to potential dangerous situations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2017 - Companion of the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
EditorsBilge Mutlu, Manfred Tscheligi, Astrid Weiss, James E. Young
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date6. Mar 2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4885-0
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348850
Publication statusPublished - 6. Mar 2017
EventInternational Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 6. Mar 20179. Mar 2017


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2017


  • Human Robot Interaction; HRI; Trust; Artificial Intelligence; AI; Autonomous System; AS; Self-Driving Car; SDC;
  • trust
  • as
  • sdc
  • autonomous system
  • self-driving car
  • ai
  • human robot interaction
  • artificial intelligence
  • hri


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