RISE ICT stories: Designing Future Autonomous Systems

Modern technologies and automation have the potential to create a paradigm shift in the relationship between driver and vehicle. Future driver interfaces must be designed so that they support safe driving as well as other important customer values, including work-efficiency and comfort.

This has been the aim of a research and development collaboration between RISE Interactive, Scania CV, Luleå University of Technology and Uppsala University in the project MODAS (Methods for Designing Future Autonomous Systems). The goal for the project has been to create a method for designing a future driver environment, and to apply that method to develop a prototype driver environment that facilitates safe, efficient, and enjoyable supervision and control of a highly autonomous commercial truck.

Interactive Institute conducted a comprehensive investigation into what kind of information drivers need to know and how best to present this information using sound signals.

“The work by RISE Interactive added much greater depth to our investigation into driver requirements, as well as our implementation of the MODAS project auditory displays” says Stas Krupenia at Scania CV. “The range of knowledge and expertise within the institute, allowed them to provide well-informed feedback on almost all aspects of the project: design methods, display development, assessment, and even aspects related to project management.”

In 2014, a prototype of a multimodal driver interface was implemented in a driving simulator at Scania in Södertälje. The interface was created using an iterative user-centered design process and evaluated in two simulator studies together with commercial drivers. The created driver environment, along with the new design process and assessment methods, constitutes a platform for future development of competitive and autonomous functions in commercial vehicles.

“Our assessment results showed that drivers tend to be more trusting of autonomous driving when using our MODAS project displays, than driving without the displays.” says Stas Krupenia at Scania CV.

The FP7-ICT-project, WIISEL, was co-ordinated by the technical institute Cetemmsa, in Barcelona. Spain. Eight partners in six countries participated.

The project was funded by Scania CV and VINNOVA.

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