ProjectMethods for Designing Future Autonomous Systems (MODAS)

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Methods for Designing Future Autonomous Systems (MODAS)

Modern technologies have the potential to create a paradigm shift in the role of the driver in any vehicle-driver system. Already, automatic gears, adaptive cruise control and other similar technologies have greatly reduced the physical task of driving. As advanced automation technologies are introduced, the role of the driver changes from ‘driving’ to ‘supervising’.

Failure to consider the changing driver-vehicle relationship may result in tragedies similar to those observed in other highly automated environments, such as aviation. Future interfaces must be designed so that they support safe driving as well as other important customer values, including work efficiency and comfort.

Photo: © Scania CV AB (publ), SE-151 87 Södertälje, Sweden 

MODAS is a collaboration project between Scania CV, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, Luleå University of Technology and Uppsala University. The two primary goals are to (1) create a method for designing future driver environment, and (2) to apply the method to develop a prototype driver environment that facilitates safe, efficient, and enjoyable supervision and control of a highly autonomous commercial truck.

The prototype will consist of a multimodal driver interface, which will be implemented in a new driving simulator at Scania CV. This interface is currently developed in an iterative user-centred design process, and will be evaluated in two main simulator studies. The new driver environment, along with the new design process, will constitute a platform for future development of competitive autonomous functions in commercial vehicles.

The Lane Change Test (LCT) method is a standard for assessing the impact of novel in-vehicle technologies on driving performance. Additional project goals of MODAS include extending this standard to be more relevant and useful for vehicles that include multiple autonomous driving technologies.

MODAS receives funding from the Vinnova FFI “Fordons & Trafiksäkerhet” program.