Shared Space Bots

Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT), Mercedes-Benz (DE)
FRI September 4-SUN September 6, 2015, 2 PM-3 PM
POST CITY, Mobility District

One of the key challenges of autonomous mobility is how we humans are going to communicate with the self-driving car of tomorrow. Will we use words, gestures or haptic interfaces to articulate what we need to express in the shared spaces in which our fellow motorists are machines? Interactive proving grounds have been developed as an approach to answering these questions.

In Shared Space Bots, specially developed robots are the protagonists of experiments in human-automobile interaction. Each of the robots can be augmented with projections onto the space’s floor, whereby various LED elements enable the bots to communicate their current state, intentions, etc.

Research & Concept:
Martina Mara, Christopher Lindinger, Roland Haring, Alexander Mankowsky

Design & Development:
Roland Haring, Peter Freudling, Peter Holzkorn, Andreas Jalsovec, Martin Mörth, Otto Naderer, Michael Platz, Erwin Reitböck