Actor-Network Theory as a Framework to Analyse Technology Acceptance Model’s External Variables: The Case of Autonomous Vehicles

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Seuwou, Patrice, Banissi, Ebad, Ubakanma, George, Sharif, M. and Healey, Ann 2017. Actor-Network Theory as a Framework to Analyse Technology Acceptance Model’s External Variables: The Case of Autonomous Vehicles. in: Jahankhani, Hamid, Carlile, Alex, Emm, David, Hosseinian-Far, Amin, Brown, Guy, Sexton, Graham and Jamal, Arshad (ed.) Global Security, Safety and Sustainability - The Security Challenges of the Connected World. ICGS3 2017 Proceedings Springer International Publishing.
AuthorsSeuwou, Patrice, Banissi, Ebad, Ubakanma, George, Sharif, M. and Healey, Ann
EditorsJahankhani, Hamid, Carlile, Alex, Emm, David, Hosseinian-Far, Amin, Brown, Guy, Sexton, Graham and Jamal, Arshad
Abstract

The main factor for growth in a globalised and highly competitive world is to have an innovative and continuous improvement for the new technologies; however, it is difficult to guarantee the success of such factor without considering the human nature of the people. The Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT2) is a model that has been used for years to help us understand the drivers of acceptance of new information technologies by its users. This paper presents the Actor-Network Theory (ANT) as a framework to analyse external variables influencing technology acceptance. We have identified a new construct and moderating factor enabling the extension of the UTAUT2. The scenario used to conduct our investigation is the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) which is a disruptive technology and may prove to be the next big evolution in personal transportation. The study was conducted using an anonymous survey, over 410 responses so far, and numerous interviews with experts in the field of sociology, psychology and computer science in order to refine the proposed model. Our research findings reveal not only the usefulness of ANT in developing an understanding the human and non-human actants playing a role in consumer’s behavioural intention of using AV, but ANT also helps us to argue that culture is a direct determinant of behavioural intention and social class is a very important moderating aspect.

KeywordsTechnology acceptance model; Unified theory of acceptance and use of technology; Actor-Network theory; Autonomous vehicles; Security
Book titleGlobal Security, Safety and Sustainability - The Security Challenges of the Connected World. ICGS3 2017 Proceedings
Year2017
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Publication dates
Print04 Jan 2017
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Deposited30 May 2017
Accepted2016
Series Communications in Computer and Information Science ISSN: 1865-0929
Event11th International Conference, ICGS3 2017
ISBN978-3-319-51064-4
978-3-319-51063-7
ISSN1865-0929
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/978-3-319-51064-4_24
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-51064-4_24
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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51064-4_24

JournalCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Journal citation630, pp. 305-320
Accepted author manuscript
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