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Applied Robotics for Installations and Base Operations: User Perceptions of a Driverless Vehicle at Fort Bragg

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Technical Report,01 Jan 2016,30 Oct 2017

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US Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground United States

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The US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centers Applied Robotics for Installations and Base Operations ARIBO program at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, provided one of the first US-based living laboratories that allowed Soldiers the opportunity to directly interact with a driverless, robotic transport vehicle. Passengers and potential future passengers from the Warrior Transition Battalion WTB and Womack Area Medical Center were given the opportunity to provide user feedback during Phase 1 driver operated and Phase 2 safety operator of development of the vehicle. A total of 26 people including safety operators, passengers, bystanders, and Soldiers from the WTB provided feedback related to trust and acceptability of the vehicle autonomy, as well as design recommendations for increasing future passenger and pedestrian comfort and trust in the driverless transport vehicle. Overall findings suggest that even minimal exposure to robotic systems can increase positive ratings of trustworthiness and acceptability of the future autonomous capabilities of a driverless transport vehicle. However, the vehicle could benefit from a number of design features and capabilities to better communicate its decision-making processes and intent to passengers, pedestrians, and other road users.

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  • Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles
  • Cybernetics
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Psychology

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