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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Are they Accepted by the Public?

Consumer psychologists of the University of Mannheim are working at “PAsCAL”, a new cooperative EU project EU studying driver behavior and public acceptance of connected and autonomous vehicles. The University of Mannheim is the only German institution among the thirteen partner institutions.

The future of driverless vehicles looks promising, and the technological evolution from self-driving vehicle to connected vehicle is in full speed. However, the more technology develops, the more urgent it becomes to assess public acceptance as well as the impact of such fundamental changes on people’s well-being and quality of life. What do people think about connected and autonomous vehicles? What would they say if children, the elderly or blind people were to use such vehicles? Scientists of the University of Mannheim’s chair of Consumer and Economic Psychology, headed by Dr. Tobias Vogel and Dr. Florian Kutzner, are looking for answers to these questions in the framework of PAsCAL. The project is part of the program Horizon2020, which is funded by the European Commission with a total of four million euros for three years.