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Honda, JLR, and Subaru join Denso AHEAD distraction consortium

 

Denso, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab and Touchstone Evaluations have founded a consortium, Advanced Human Factors Evaluator for Automotive Distraction (AHEAD), that aims to develop new perspectives and methodologies for a holistic and objective approach to measuring driver demand. Honda R&D Americas, Subaru Research & Development and Jaguar Land Rover have joined the programme as initial partners, and discussions with other global automakers and portable electronics suppliers are ongoing.

The new consortium brings together leading researchers, automakers and suppliers to take a fresh look at methods to reliably and repeatedly assess the demands associated with in-vehicle interactions. Further, this work aims to provide the auto industry with an evaluation platform that better supports driver safety as the potential for automotive human-machine interface (HMI) complexity increases.

“We know drivers want to be connected while driving, but how do we safely give drivers what they want?” said Doug Patton, senior vice president of Engineering at Denso International America. “We need to evaluate driver workload – but currently there is no quantifiable and objective metrology model in place. Not to mention, there’s a high price tag attached to researching and developing something like this. With that said, forming a consortium will help reach the goal of establishing a common methodology.”

The Goal of AHEAD:

Current evaluation methods for HMI technologies are primarily based upon criteria developed before the advent of modern integrated technologies such as voice interfaces, touch screens and multi-function controllers. Perhaps most importantly, the evaluation methods utilized to date don’t consider the tradeoffs that exist as demand is moved between modalities such as vision, touch, sound, haptics, gesture and cognition. The effort aims to make early stage prototype evaluations more feasible where design changes can be more effectively achieved – in contrast to evaluations that frequently take place later in the vehicle development process.

The goal of AHEAD is to create a quantifiable objective evaluation toolkit that will be useful across the industry for supporting new HMI development; and, one that will improve the effectiveness and reliability of data, helping manufactures and portable electronics suppliers offer intuitive, convenient and safe interfaces to the consumer while more effectively meeting industry and governmental guidelines.

Joining forces to lead the technical effort are researchers from the MIT AgeLab and Touchstone Evaluations. The MIT AgeLab has lead efforts to utilize to multi-dimensional assessment by holistically combining physiological, visual attention and performance measures as part of HMI evaluation.

 

Source: Denso

Audi Urban Intelligent Assist uses latest technologies to ease urban driving experience

The Audi Urban Intelligent Assist (AUIA) project is developing technologies aimed at making traffic jams, parking difficulties and tough urban navigation a thing of the past. Through a partnership involving its Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) in Silicon Valley and four leading U.S. research universities, the automaker is developing groundbreaking innovations in predictive driving technology that would allow a car to anticipate future traffic trends and “learn” a person’s driving habits for a customized driving experience on each commute.

Audi, with an eye toward increasingly dangerous traffic patterns in the world’s biggest cities, launched the AUIA research project to help make urban driving safer and more convenient through a number of revolutionary functions. Those functions include technology that tells the motorist the optimal time to leave for an appointment, directing them on the most efficient route to open street or garage parking and naturalistic navigation based on visual cues, driver awareness monitoring and signals on when it is safe to accomplish maneuvers to merge or change lanes on a congested highway.

Highlights of the results of the AUAI project:

Audi Driver Centric Urban Navigation

  • Time-2-Start notifies drivers via their mobile devices how long it will take them to reach their destination before they leave.
  • Smart Parking combines the parking habits of a driver with the availability of nearby parking spots-parking structures as well as metered street parking — to help identify parking spots in a destination area and provide navigation to that location.
  • Predictive Traffic anticipates and analyzes current traffic patterns based on present and past traffic data, along with weather and event information.
  • Naturalistic Guidance uses surrounding landmarks to provide detailed instructions for easy navigation (e.g. “Please turn left at the park”).
  • Seamless Navigation provides walking guidance to the driver from his or her “Smart Parking” spot directly to their destination.

Audi Urban Assistance

  • Merge Assist helps a driver merge on the highway by utilizing components of speed calculation and speed displayed in the instrument cluster and green LEDs on the side mirrors notify the driver it is safe to merge.
  • Lane Change Assist monitors a driver’s blind spot areas as well as fast-approaching vehicles and hazardous objects in an effort to assist the driver in changing lanes on the highway. The system also analyses driver behavior to predict when the driver intends to performing a lane change. This coupled with the environmental data allows the vehicle to signal the driver when it is safe to change lanes via green LED lights on the side mirrors.
  • Attention Guard provides early detection of driver distraction through countermeasures that get the attention of a driver and bring their focus back on the road.

Development

AUIA technology was developed through a partnership between Audi AG, the ERL in Silicon Valley, as well as three leading California engineering research universities: the University of Southern California, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Diego. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute also contributed to development. Research included crunching numbers through algorithms, real time data, Human Machine Interface (HMI) advanced sensors, radar detections and other innovative approaches.

Source: Audi

 

Faurecia and Magneti Marelli sign cooperation agreement

Faurecia and Magneti Marelli announce the signature of a cooperation agreement for the design, development and manufacturing of advanced human-machine interface (HMI) vehicle interior products. The agreement will increase the added-value of the interior business solutions that Faurecia and Magneti Marelli provide to automakers and end-customers.
 
 
Through this agreement, Faurecia and Magneti Marelli expect to further expand their business portfolios in interior systems, adding HMI solutions to a broad product range including center stacks, fascias & overhead consoles, retractable touch screens and displays or the physical integration of nomadic devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The partnership draws on the combined expertise of Faurecia and Magneti Marelli. Faurecia brings its expertise as the world’s N°1 full-supplier in interior systems module architecture, whereas Magneti Marelli brings its extensive skills in the fields of displays, electronics, switches and tactile functions. Joining their skills and know-how will allow the partners to provide a wide range of solutions with innovative materials, mechatronics and natural interfaces.

Source: Faurecia

Opel/Vauxhall Monza concept car unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

The Opel/Vauxhall Monza Concept Car featuring the latest cutting edge technology has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

 

  • Monza Concept previews future Opel/Vauxhall design strategy
  • Efficient use of space, lightweight design and innovative powertrains
  • Revolutionary infotainment with LED projection technology

Luton – Opel/Vauxhall’s ground-breaking Monza Concept, the first car to feature cutting-edge LED projection infotainment and an evolution of the Ampera’s revolutionary powertrain, is set for its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

“The Monza Concept represents the Opel/Vauxhall car of tomorrow”, said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel/Vauxhall CEO. “On one hand, it embodies everything that already characterises Opel/Vauxhall – precision engineering combined with innovative technologies wrapped in captivating design. In addition, it addresses the themes that will be the development-focus of the next generation of Opel/Vauxhall cars: maximum connectivity and optimum efficiency.”

 “Connectivity is demonstrated by a trailblazing LED projection technology for instrument and infotainment displays. Efficiency comes in many ways, with lightweight design, optimal use of interior space, and advanced powertrain technology. The Monza Concept is based on increasing electrification of the automobile in everyday driving, from range-extender to fuel cell. And as far as styling is concerned, we are expressing pure efficiency in a new, lean and athletic interpretation of our typical sculptural shapes. The Monza Concept is nothing less than our vision of the automotive future.”

FUTURISTIC CONNECTIVITY

Efficiency and connectivity are the main focus for development in the next generation of Vauxhall cars. The Monza Concept offers a fascinating preview of these developments. Once behind the wheel, the Monza Concept whisks you away into a completely new and unique world of instruments and infotainment.

The Monza Concept continues innovating with state-of-the-art LED projection technology. Drivers no longer find the conventional individual, separate monitors that display different information; instead, they face a wide, sculpted dashboard that sweeps from door to door, and is used as a single projection surface. Information and decorative elements are displayed on the surface, which the driver can customise according to his needs, taste or mood.

A total of 18 LED projectors create a continuous, adaptable multi-functional display – the first car in the world to feature this. Already established in the events arena, this technology has caused a sensation at major occasions such as the Queen’s Jubilee, and Opel/Vauxhall designers were first to think of implementing it in a passenger car. The 3D graphics are impressive, and reflect all important functions from precise vehicle and driver information to internet and communication options as well as decorative elements. Both the area displaying information and the background can be individually configured, and operation is via voice control and steering wheel controls.

Efficiency and clarity are also priorities here: when it came to how the displays present information, Opel/Vauxhall engineers focused on the best and most personal way to make relevant data available to the driver. The approach was “simplifying the multitude” and so details on the car, the navigation and the smartphone settings and connection only appear when necessary or desired. So drivers can use a wide range of information without being overwhelmed by text or images. This also makes the Monza Concept a model of future Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) systems, as its interior design is based on latest research findings in this field.

This also applies to the comprehensive smartphone connectivity in the Monza Concept. With three worlds of connectivity – called ME, US and ALL – drivers can focus solely on their driving experience, or get in touch with friends and family or even connect to the whole internet community. With ME the infotainment system virtually disconnects the drivers’ smartphone and prioritises the information relevant for the driving experience. US enables the passengers of the Monza Concept to connect with a group of selected people such as friends and family members: these can log-in to the car’s infotainment system with their own communication device and exchange information, music and images, chat and make appointments, etc. ALL goes beyond US. It allows the driver and virtually the whole outside world to connect. Drivers can for example spontaneously share their planned route online over a tablet or smartphone so that people can catch a ride with them along the way – enabling a new kind of instant car-sharing. With this trailblazing infotainment and connectivity technology, the Monza Concept shows how far ahead Opel/Vauxhall’s designers and engineers are thinking, so that the next generation of cars make their contribution to a harmonious, connected society.

The trendsetting sensor and connectivity technology in the Monza Concept has even more to offer: it gives a preview of the advancements in “Car-to-Car” and “Car-to-X” systems – prerequisites for future autonomous driving and areas in which the research department at Opel/Vauxhall is already intensively working. By comprehensively connecting road users, intercommunication can be enhanced, as can safety, because dangerous traffic situations are registered earlier and more accurately than before.

POWERTRAIN FLEXIBILITY

The Monza Concept is based on a modular design to allow highest-possible flexibility when selecting a propulsion system. A variety of sustainable powertrains based on increasing electrification of the automobile are available. For the Monza Concept set to be displayed at Frankfurt, engineers conceived an electric drive with a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) range extender – a further development of the Ampera’s pioneering technology. The new-generation three-cylinder 1.0 SIDI turbo – which also makes its premiere at Frankfurt – takes over the task as range extender. But it does so with natural gas instead of petrol, further improving the car’s CO2 footprint. With its visionary approach, Opel/Vauxhall continues to combine the potential of electric propulsion with the benefits of the internal combustion engine.

“We have a clear vision of how Opel/Vauxhall cars will be in the future, and we have a clear strategy of how we will achieve this goal. The Monza Concept gives this strategy an unmistakable identity,” said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “It embodies what our customers can expect from us within the next years, not only in terms of design, but also in terms of efficiency and connectivity between drivers and the internet community. So it already anticipates future everyday automotive life, and serves as an important source of inspiration on the road to that destination.”

Source: Vauxhall