GRK 2340

Graduiertenkolleg "Computational Cognition"

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Project Westdrive: large scale VR Foundation for immersive Experiments on Human Computer Interactions

My research interests is XR (Cross-Reality) as well as the human-machine-interactions. How do we as humans feel and behave around social robots. For me, this is one of the key questions of our future.


About Project Westdrive

Project Westdrive on the science exhibition ship "MS Wissenschaft"

Maximilian A. Wächter


Tel. +49 (0)541 969-3353
Fax +49 (0)541 969-2246
Room 50/206

Institute of Cognitive Science,
Wachsbleiche 27,
49090 Osnabrück, Germany

Would you trust a robot to drive your car?

Project Westdrive is a joint PHD project with Farbod N. Nezami in a large scaled, highly realistic VR Simulation of a City, called Westdrive. It uses AI controlled, self- driving cars in an eye-tracking experiment, to unveil questions about human trust in ADVs. Our goal is to gain insights in human trust building behavior and ultimately lower reservations regarding this technology.


Nezami FN, Wächter MA, Pipa G, & König P (2020)
Project Westdrive: Unity City With Self-Driving Cars and Pedestrians
for Virtual Reality Studies.

Front. ICT 7:1. doi: 10.3389/fict.2020.00001

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