Vision for the Automotive Haptics Project
Advanced driver assistance systems are increasingly becoming incorporated into consumer automobiles, causing the interfaces between the car and the driver to evolve as well. As the car itself is given more control over driving, it will be important that it can communicate what is going on to the driver effectively and safely. For the most part, today’s cars use visual and auditory cues when sending notifications to the driver.
An additional mode of communication that is starting to be explored is haptic feedback. Transmitting data to the driver through the sense of touch will allow for faster communication and a more intuitive feel for what the car is doing in some cases. This will be especially important in drive-by wire systems, where the mechanical linkages that currently provide drivers with a natural feel of the behavior of the car will be gone. We aim to produce automotive haptic feedback devices that both improve the driving experience and increase safety on the road. Increasing safety by reducing human error will be especially important in coming decades as this country ages demographically and the proportion of older drivers increases.
Finland Summer Blog
I will be blogging about the work I am doing at the University of Tampere during August/September 2012. This can be read here: ChrisFinland
Past Automotive Haptics Research
Steer by wire systems
Driver perception of road conditions
Griffin, W., Provancher, W., Cutkosky, M. (2005). "Feedback strategies for telemanipulation with shared control of object handling forces." MIT Presence, 14, 720-731.
Shared control involving haptic feedback described for dexterous telemanipulation might be applicable to an automotive setting.
Rydström, A., Grane, C. Bengtsson, P. (2009). "Driver behaviour during haptic and visual secondary tasks," in: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications. Essen, Germany, 121-127.
Porter, J.M., Summerskill, S.J., Burnett, G.E., Prynne, K. (2005). "BIONIC – 'eyes-free' design of secondary driving controls," in: Proc. of the Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference. Dundee, UK.
Summerskill, S.J., Porter, J.M. and Burnett, G.E. (2002). "Feeling your way home: the design of haptic control interfaces within cars to make safety pleasurable." Design and Emotion Conference, Loughborough. In: Design and Emotion, the third episode: the experience of everyday things, Eds McDonagh, D, Hekkert P, van Erp J and Gyi D, pp. 284-290, London: Taylor and Francis.