Easy Transition: In Preparation for Its Drive Me Trial of Autonomous Driving on Public Roads, Volvo Is Paying Attention to the Safety and Usability of the Self-Driving Car’s User Interface

This article features an interview with Erik Coelingh, a senior technical leader at Volvo, who explains how Volvo is designing the user interface for the autonomous driving component of its vehicles. The focus is on how the transition between manual and autonomous modes of driving will be made. The author describes the use of two paddles on the steering wheel that the user would pull to activate and deactivate autonomous control; Volvo is also exploring haptic cues in addition to possible visible and audio cues for the driver. Volvo is preparing for a “Drive Me” trial of autonomous driving on public roads. Volvo anticipates revising the user interface based on feedback from the Drive Me trials. One sidebar familiarizes readers with Colonel John Paul Stapp (1910-1999), a “safety legend” in the field of transportation safety whose passion was to prevent needless death and injury in aircraft and automobile crashes.


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  • Accession Number: 01602549
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2016 7:04AM