Nowadays vehicles offer an increasing number of In-Vehicle Information Systems (IVIS) and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Cruise control and route guidance are examples of systems already in frequent use, and lane departure warning, night vision and collision warning are examples of systems now coming into commercial use.
As the introduction of technical support usually increases the demand on human cognition, while the demand on human action is reduced, the driver’s role changes from mainly manual control to more supervisory control. Moving the driver out-of-the-loop like that can, besides causing over-reliance and deteriorated situation awareness etc., have a negative impact on the driver’s ability to take over when technology fails or conditions outside its functional limits appear. System safety will thus be depending on an adequate interface to the driver, proper interaction between driver and system, and proper detection and handling of technical faults in the systems. All these issues are important to address during system development.
The objective is to develop systematic approaches to investigate the inherent system safety, as well as the safety related to using and operating the system, by
- combining research in HMI with research in dependable systems to increase system safety in vehicles;
- studying how errors are handled by the driver and the safety related consequences;
- developing diagnosis methods of safety systems in a vehicle;
- developing methods for error presentation and for evaluation of fault tolerance