Optimal Interaction Between Man and Car

Autonomous driving offers many chances to increase safety in road transport – provided that vehicle and driver interact seamlessly. Coordinated by KIT, the interdisciplinary research alliance “Personalised, Adaptive Cooperative Systems for Automated Vehicles” (PAKoS) wants do develop and implement an assistance system that increases safety. In the next three years, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will support the project with an amount of EUR 3 million.

“We want our great research expertise to be a supportive element at the interface between information technology, mobility and man“, explains Sören Hohmann, Head of the KIT Insitute for Control Systems. The goal of PAKoS is to realise an individualised and personalised cooperation between the car and the user for the first time. The new system has the following purposes: It captures the abilities and the current state of the driver and automatically adapts to it. Thus, it safely transfers control to the driver and later on it takes over control again, for example when leaving the motorway or driving in construction sites.

To assess the situation, on the one hand, the assistance system will be able to access footage from the interior of the car and provide information in real-time on the current state of the driver. Thus, the system can recognise if the driver is tired or alert and if he or she has both hands on the steering wheel. On the other hand, ideally there is a portable driver profile that can provide information about the typical driving behaviour of the driver. In both cases, data sovereignty remains with the user.

Another challenge is the development of interaction interfaces for reliable multi-modal communication between the vehicle and the user via visualisation, haptics and audio systems. “With our interdisciplinary research, we form a bridge between autonomous and manual driving and create a safe vehicle control that is shared by man and machine“, emphasises Dr. Michael Flad, researcher at KIT and coordinator of PAKoS.

The components that were developed in individual subprojects, are planned to be integrated into a prototype that will be evaluated in a user study. Besides the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB), Robert Bosch GmbH, Bayerisch Motoren Werke AG (BMW), Spiegel Institut Mannheim GmbH & Co.KG, Videmo Intelligente Videoanalyse GmbH & Co.KG, mVISE AG, and Stadtmobil CarSharing are also involved in the project PAKoS.

The project was funded with a total budget of EUR 4.1 million by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The BMBF provides 76 percent of the total budget. The project is scheduled to run until the end of 2019.

Find more information at: www.kit.edu/kit/pi_2017_008_mobilitaet-optimale-interaktion-zwischen-mensch-und-auto.php