We ♥ Robots? Social acceptance of autonomous micro vehicles in public spaces

Autonomous micro vehicles have great potential to contribute to a more sustainable, desirable living environment. But under what conditions will society accept delivery robots and other autonomous micro vehicles in public spaces?

An online workshop held by Innovationsmanufaktur on December 9, 2021 with representatives of the consortium partners and external experts from the fields of mobility, robotics, and smart city was dedicated to that question. After a short presentation on the concept of existence acceptance by the consortium partner iTec (RWTH Aachen), the participants discussed potential conflicts between autonomous micro vehicles and incidentally co-present persons and approaches to solving them. Positive use cases, apt interaction concepts, and smart traffic regulation were narrowed down as main success factors for technology acceptance.

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