Created by Joey Lee (US), Benedikt Groß (DE), and Raphael Reimann (DE) from the moovel Lab, in collaboration with MESO Digital Interiors (DE), Who Wants to be a Self-Driving Car? is a data driven trust exercise that uses augmented reality to help people empathise with self-driving vehicle systems. The team built an unconventional driving machine that lets people use real-time, three-dimensional mapping and object recognition displayed in a virtual reality headset to navigate through space.
The project makes tangible the many ways that sensors, data, computation and mobility are intertwined. By “becoming a self-driving car” people are given a medium through which the black box of self-driving technologies can be better expressed and read. The underlying technologies of self-driving cars, and therefore the discussions about their strengths and unresolved challenges, are rendered visible in this explorative and immersive experience.
Benedikt Groß is a speculative and computational designer whose work is often featured on here on CAN. We recently interviewed him in order to glean a little insight about Benedikt’s thoughts his recent work, ‘outsider’ cartography, and generative strategies.