Autonomous vehicles and us : human-AV interaction design

Florian Evéquoz
Grace Eden, Manchester Metropolitan University
Himanshu Verma
Denis Lalanne
Guillaume Pythoud
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The coordination of traffic on public roadways relies on the cooperation between road users. This  requires abilities to negotiate next moves, particularly in highly busy areas like cities or mixed pedestrian-vehicle zones. Therefore, the successful coordination of traffic between human road users and autonomous vehicles (AV) implies mutual comprehension and capacity to negotiate. This is a open and vivid current challenge in AV research.

The goal of this MSc work is to design a novel information display and communication mechanism for autonomous vehicles to interact with pedestrians, implement it as a prototype and evaluate it. The project will involve co-design activities, technical implementation of a prototype and evaluation in the lab or on the field. The choice of techniques (e.g. gesture recognition, avatar-robot programming, use of screens or audio feedback, etc.) will depend upon the co-design of the solution.

The work will be carried out in collaboration with members of the Mobility Lab (in particular CarPostal and HES-SO Valais) who will provide a real use case with the Sion SmartShuttle (



Grace Eden, Benjamin Nanchen, Randolf Ramseyer, and Florian Evéquoz. 2017. On the Road with an Autonomous Passenger Shuttle: Integration in Public Spaces. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1569-1576. DOI: