Creating Comfortable Environments in Fully Autonomous Vehicles for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Bruce Walker
Lydia Burns, Dipti Gupte, Arianna Mastali, Lakshmi Seelam

We are a team focused on increasing the comfortability of autonomous vehicles for people with ASD. A fully autonomous vehicle would afford individuals with ASD a safe and reliable form of transportation that requires no driving skills.

However, there are many things to consider when thinking about an individual with ASD using a fully autonomous vehicle. With a fully autonomous vehicle, the individual would have to be comfortable transferring over complete control. Moments such as sudden lane changes and veering off route can potentially cause anxiety to these individuals.

Our project seeks to explore how to make individuals with ASD more comfortable using level 5 autonomous vehicles.

Richard Henneman, Carrie Bruce
Nearly 100

Students in Georgia Tech's interdisciplinary MS in Human-Computer Interaction program do multiple group class projects, and a capstone individual project. Some projects are presented as part of other labs listed here; others are showcased in the MS-HCI Project Lab.

The two-year program spans four schools: Industrial Design; Interactive Computing; Literature, Media and Communications (Digital Media Program); and Psychology. Approximately 50 new students enroll each fall semester.