Physical and Spiritual Proximity: Linking Car2X Communication with Online Social Networks

Monika Pepikj; Sandro Castronovo; Christian Müller

In: Andrew L. Kun; Linda Ng Boyle; Bryan Reimer; Andreas Riener (Hrsg.). AutomotiveUI '12: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications. International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI-12), 4th, October 17-19, Portsmouth, NH, USA, Pages 249-256, ISBN 978-1-4503-1751-1, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2012.


Millions of drivers share the same roads every day. They share the same location but they are socially isolated and anonymous to each other. Anonymity and isolation are con- sidered to be among the most common factors for aggressive behavior on the road (road rage). This paper presents a novel way to reduce anonymity be- tween drivers. Furthermore argues that reducing anonymity by making drivers socially aware of each other reduces road rage. This awareness is achieved by introducing online social networks to the Car2X communication domain. The main focus of the paper is the evaluation of this idea which was carried out in two phases: In context of an on- site study and as part of an online experiment within a so- cial network. The aim was to demonstrate the correlation between the anonymity level among drivers and the aggres- siveness. The results confirmed that lowering the anonymity lever by revealing common personal interests between two drivers reduces their aggressive behavior.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence