The researcher who has been entrusted with the task is Jonas Bärgman who works at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences and the Division of Vehicle Safety. The Marie Curie project has the title SHAPE-IT, Supporting the interaction of Humans and Automated vehicles: Preparing for the Environment of Tomorrow. It runs for four years and will fund 15 doctoral students, spread over six universities across the EU. The overall goal of the project is to enable rapid and reliable development of safe and user-centred automated vehicles for urban environments.
”In the project, we will conduct research with the goal to understand the interaction between humans and automated vehicles, how to best develop and design human-machine interfaces for automated vehicles, and how to evaluate the traffic safety effect of automated vehicles” says Jonas Bärgman.
For each of these areas, two different aspects will be addressed: the interaction between humans and automated vehicles inside and outside automated vehicles, respectively. In addition to the coordination and project management, Chalmers will, and more specifically, the unit Crash Analysis and Prevention at the division of Vehicle Safety, have two PhD students.
“One of the PhD-students will focus on quantitative modelling of the interaction between bicyclist and automated vehicles. The other PhD student will continue the research to develop and validate methods for assessment of traffic safety benefits of automated vehicles through virtual simulations of different scenarios”
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, which is a department shared between Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, will also participate in the project with two doctoral students who, among other things, will do research on artificial intelligence (AI) linked to self-driving vehicles. This includes using AI- methods to provide a better understanding of the interaction between humans and automated vehicles, and about developing methods to integrate knowledge from the research domain of Human Factors Engineering and driver behaviour, into frameworks that are used to develop AI-based automated vehicles.
Jonas Bärgman thinks that they will be able to address many of the questions that today there are no answers to with respect to automated vehicles and how they will/should interact with humans in city/urban environment – both from a designer perspective and from a traffic safety perspective.
”My hopes are that we will be able to make automated vehicles much safer, while we improve the usability and acceptance for them, and, in general, build competencies around human behaviour inside and outside automated vehicles."