• Teleoperation of Highly Automated Vehicles in Public Transport: User-Centered Design of a Human-Machine Interface for Remote-Operation and Its Expert Usability Evaluation

    On: 15. Mai 2021
    In: Automotive, Traffic Psychology
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    Our new paper on teleoperation for highly automated vehicles in public transport is online:

    Paving the way to future mobility, teleoperation of vehicles promises a reachable solution to effectively use the benefits of automated driving as long as fully automated vehicles (SAE 5) are not entirely feasible. Safety and reliability are assured by a human operator who remotely observes the vehicle and takes over control in cases of disturbances that exceed the vehicle automation’s skills. In order to integrate the vehicle’s automation and human remote-operation, we developed a novel user-centered human-machine interface (HMI) for teleoperation. It is tailored to the remote-operation of a highly automated shuttle (SAE 4) by a public transport control center and based on a systematic analysis of scenarios, of which detailed requirements were derived. Subsequently, a paper-pencil prototype was generated and refined until a click-dummy emerged. This click-dummy was evaluated by twelve control center professionals. The experts were presented the prototype in regular mode and were then asked to solve three scenarios with disturbances in the system. Using structured interview and questionnaire methodology, the prototype was evaluated regarding its usability, situation awareness, acceptance, and perceived workload. Results support our HMI design for teleoperation of a highly automated shuttle, especially regarding usability, acceptance, and workload. Participant ratings and comments indicated particularly high satisfaction with the interaction design to resolve disturbances and the presentation of camera images. Participants’ feedbacks provide valuable information for a refined HMI design as well as for further research.

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  • Evaluation of a Human–Machine Interface for Motion Sickness Mitigation Utilizing Anticipatory Ambient Light Cues in a Realistic Automated Driving Setting

    On: 21. April 2021
    In: Automotive, Traffic Psychology
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    Our new journal paper on motion sickness mitigation is online.

    Abstract: Motion sickness (MS) is a syndrome associated with symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and other forms of physical discomfort. Automated vehicles (AVs) are potent at inducing MS because users are not adapted to this novel form of transportation, are provided with less information about the own vehicle’s trajectory, and are likely to engage in non-driving related tasks. Because individuals with an especially high MS susceptibility could be limited in their use of AVs, the demand for MS mitigation strategies is high. Passenger anticipation has been shown to have a modulating effect on symptoms, thus mitigating MS. To find an effective mitigation strategy, the prototype of a human–machine interface (HMI) that presents anticipatory ambient light cues for the AV’s next turn to the passenger was evaluated. In a realistic driving study with participants (N = 16) in an AV on a test track, an MS mitigation effect was evaluated based on the MS increase during the trial. An MS mitigation effect was found within a highly susceptible subsample through the presentation of anticipatory ambient light cues. The HMI prototype was proven to be effective regarding highly susceptible users. Future iterations could alleviate MS in field settings and improve the acceptance of AVs.

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  • U-Shift 33 – Teleoperation für ein hochautomatisiertes, fahrerloses, elektrisches Fahrzeugkonzept

    On: 22. Dezember 2020
    In: Automotive
    Views: 164
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    Wir sind Teil der U-Shift-Projektfamilie im DLR für die Erforschung der Teleoperation hochautomatisierter Fahrzeuge. Das hochautomatisierte, fahrerlose, elektrische Fahrzeugkonzept U-Shift ermöglicht durch die Trennung von Fahrmodul und Transportkapsel eine neue Art der Modularität und damit auch eine neue Intermodalität, neue Produkte und Geschäftsmodelle. Das Fahrmodul kann in Kombination mit verschiedenen Kapseltypen sowohl zum Transport von Personen als auch von Gütern eingesetzt werden. Anwendungsbeispiele sind z.B. autonome, elektromobile Nachtbelieferung, autonome Intra-Logistik und barrierefreier Personentransport.

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  • TeaP 2021 will be held virtually 14-17 March 2021

    On: 22. Dezember 2020
    In: Allgemein
    Views: 124
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    We will be present with multiple presentations at the 63rd TeaP 2021 (Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen; Conference of Experimental Psychologists) that will be held virtually 14-17 March 2021.

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  • Ro­bo­ti­sche DLR-Fahr­zeu­ge sol­len künf­tig ge­fähr­li­che Lie­fe­run­gen für das World Food Pro­gram­me über­neh­men

    On: 7. Dezember 2020
    In: Allgemein
    Views: 236
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    Unser neues Forschungsprojekt in der Arbeitsgruppe zusammen mit anderen DLR-Instituten und dem World Food Programme.

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  • AutoUI’20 – Emotion GaRage Vol. II: A Workshop on Affective In-Vehicle Display Design

    On: 12. September 2020
    In: Automotive, Traffic Psychology
    Views: 219
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    Emotion GaRage Vol. II: A Workshop on Affective In-Vehicle Display Design

    At AutoUI’20

    Description:
    Driver performance and behavior can be partially predicated based on one’s emotional state. Through ascertaining the emotional state of passengers and employing various mitigation strategies, empathic cars can show potential in improving user experience and driving performance. Challenges remain in the implementation of such strategies, as individual differences play a large role in mediating the effect of affective intervention. Therefore, we propose a workshop that aims to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in affective interfaces and in-vehicle technologies as a forum for the development of targeted emotion intervention methods. During the workshop, we will focus on a common set of use cases and generate approaches that can suit different user groups. By the end of this short workshop, researchers will determine ideal intervention methods for prospective user groups. This will be achieved through the method of insight combination to generate and discuss ideas. []

    Organizers:
    Chihab Nadri, Virginia Tech
    Jingyi Li, LMU Munich
    Esther Bosch, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Michael Oehl, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Ignacio Alvarez, Intel Labs
    Michael Braun, BMW Group Research
    Myounghoon Jeon, Virginia Tech

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  • HCI INTERNATIONAL 2020 will be held virtually 19-24 July 2020

    On: 6. Juni 2020
    In: Automotive, Traffic Psychology
    Views: 255
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    We will be present with multiple presentations at the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI INTERNATIONAL 2020) that will be held virtually 19-24 July 2020.

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  • EU Project interACT Virtual Final Event – 18th/19th of June 2020

    On: 6. Juni 2020
    In: Automotive, Traffic Psychology
    Views: 309
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    This two-day virtual final event will present the interACT project coordinated by our research group at DLR and its results produced after more than 3 years of research work and will encourage the discussion around the interaction of automated vehicles in mixed environments. Participation is free of charge but registration is required. Information about the event’s agenda can be found here.

     

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  • @City Halbzeitpräsentation – 26. November 2020

    On: 6. Juni 2020
    In: Automotive, Traffic Psychology
    Views: 297
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    Nachdem die Halbzeitpräsentation der Forschungsinitiative @CITY aufgrund der aktuellen Pandemielage nicht wie ursprünglich geplant am 27. Mai stattfinden konnte, freuen wir uns, Ihnen nun als neuen Termin für die Veranstaltung den 26. November 2020 bekannt geben zu können. Die Anmeldung ist ab sofort möglich.

    @CITY steht für “Automated Cars and Intelligent Traffic in the City”. In der Initiative haben sich 15 Partner aus der Automobil- und Zulieferindustrie sowie Universitäten und Forschungsinstitute zusammengeschlossen, um – unterstützt durch das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – bis Mitte 2022 neue automatisierte Fahrfunktionen für die Stadt zu erforschen. Im Fokus steht hierbei das automatisierte Fahren durch Engstellen, über komplexe Kreuzungen und Kreisverkehre sowie die Interaktion des automatisierten Systems mit dem Fahrer und mit anderen Verkehrsteilnehmern – insbesondere mit Fußgängern und Radfahrern.

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  • Experimente für zu Hause

    On: 2. Mai 2020
    In: Allgemein
    Views: 331
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    Ob Schulferien oder vorübergehende Schulschließungen – auf dieser Seite hat die Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Experimente und wissenschaftliche Angebote zusammengestellt, die Kinder und Jugendliche ganz einfach zu Hause nutzen können. In Videos, Comics und Broschüren werden komplexe Zusammenhänge erklärt und Nachwuchswissenschaftlern gezeigt, wie sie ihr Zuhause kurzerhand zum Forschungslabor machen können.

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