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Safe interaction with several levels of automation in vehicles

This project addresses the changing role of the driver when more and more support systems, at different levels of automation, are introduced in vehicles in an evolutionary manner. The aim in this project is to investigate different means improve how drivers interact with the increasingly automated vehicle.

Aim and goal

The aim in this project is to investigate different means to harmonize, simplify, manage and improve the interaction design of technical systems that operate at different levels of automation, often in the same vehicle, in different situations. In particular, mode understanding and mode confusion will be addressed. The goal is twofold: to develop and evaluate different concepts which support the interaction between driver and vehicle in a multimodal way and to develop design requirements based on theoretical and empirical data achieved in the project.

Challenge

In addition to the already available support systems in cars and trucks, new systems, or software modifications of existing systems, are frequently being introduced. The HARMONISE project addresses the challenges that emerge due to the incremental increase of automated driver support systems that gradually change the role of the driver over time. The challenges of mode understanding and mode confusion will be a particular focus during the project.

Solution

The project will develop and evaluate different concepts, which support the interaction between driver and vehicle in a multi-modal way and develop design requirements based on theoretical and empirical data collected in the project. The work will be theoretically grounded in recent advances within the distributed and embodied cognition approach to understand human action.

Effect

The HARMONISE project will strengthen the knowledge on how to better integrate different support systems in partly automated vehicles. By utilising multimodal interaction, the HARMONISE project will contribute to the ongoing research and the competitiveness of Sweden by developing and evaluating different concepts and develop design requirements based on theoretical and empirical data collected in the project. In particular, the results from HARMONISE will contribute to Volvo Group and Volvo Cars’ safety vision as well as internal research and development projects.


Summary

Project name

HARMONISE

Status

Active

Area

Mobility

RISE role in project

Workpackage leader and participant

Project start

Duration

2017-2019

Total budget

10 044 000

Partner

AB Volvo, Volvo Cars

Funders

FFI

Coordinators