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Researchers in Residence: Building Trust in Autonomous Vehicles


Our Researchers in Residence activity is part of our Academic Engagement Programme and develops new collaborations through research visits/residencies for university academics to spend time embedded within the Catapult teams to build stronger partnerships in the national innovation system and supporting the best environment for innovation.

This project is being undertaken by Frens Kroger from Coventry University and focuses on Trusting technology with your life: Research and interventions to increase trust in Connected and Automated Transport.



Trust is central to the acceptance and adoption of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), but also poses a significant challenge. Reservations and distrust of this new technology are widespread. Little research exists, however, on this question and what does exist focuses mostly on human-machine interaction.


This project will approach research and interventions for trust in Connected and Automated Transport (CAT) from a new, broader perspective.

This project will investigate the trust not only of CAV drivers, but also of the general public; businesses; engineers; and policy makers. Interviews will be conducted with each group in order to capture their different perspectives on trust and distrust.

The project will also draw on specialist insights from the field of trust research to distinguish between important dimensions of trust and distrust. For instance, trust in the capability of the system to keep you safe vs. trust in the system’s “ethics”; trust in technological sophistication vs. trust in safety legislation and, information driven vs. emotion-driven bases of trust.

Finally, based on rigorous research, the project will design recommendations for increasing trust among stakeholder groups from technological, social, and legal perspectives. In this way, the project will contribute directly to a sustainable increase in trust and acceptance of CAT.


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