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Project Title: Virtual Reality for the Study of Moral Dilemmas involving Driverless Cars
Academic Year: 2015-2016
Advisors: PhD Student Jacob Thorn, Prof. Mel Slater
Grade: 86%
Programming Languages: C#
Libraries/APIs: Unity3D, OptiTrack, Oculus Rift

Abstract

Exploiting the fact that people tend to respond realistically during situations recreated using immersive virtual reality technology, in this thesis, a pilot study was conducted in order to get an insight on how people evaluate the morality of decisions a driverless car should inevitably make in moral dilemma scenarios. A virtual reality simulation was designed and developed, through which users were able to fully experience a moral dilemma leading to an accident, as the passengers of a virtual autonomous vehicle.