Preliminary Conference Programme

Day 3: Thursday 23 May

Morning Session
09:00 - 14:00


Stepping stones towards level 5 autonomy

John Tighe
Design director transport
JPA Design
The convergence of user experiences between autonomous automotive and aviation is increasingly highlighted. The risk of being overtaken by parallel industries that seem to have a better understanding of this sector remains. Although we can begin to imagine how this can impact Level 5 autonomy, what are the steps to take toward this with nearer-term vehicles? The presentation will discuss lessons from the aviation sector, both from a design and a materials perspective.


Ambient automotive AI – interaction between AVs and their occupants

Dr Michael Kaisser
Innovation manager
Nuance Communications
In this talk we will outline a few key concepts regarding the interaction between autonomous vehicles and their occupants. We will discuss speech as a central modality of user/car interactions and lay out how it will evolve over the next years. We will also present UX research and look at demo cars with more multi-modal experiences, for example integrating gesture and gaze control. Furthermore, we show how emotion recognition technologies can help an automotive assistant better understand a user’s mood and their cognitive state, thus creating a more personalized and pleasant in-car experience.


Mixed-reality evaluation of a Level 4 driverless pod design

Joscha Wasser
PhD researcher
Coventry University
Driverless pods are on the verge of becoming a reality accessible to the wide public as part of public transportation systems. However, the user experience and comfort are often overlooked in these vehicles. We therefore proposed a comfort model for driverless pods, which was then used as a basis for the design of a four-seater driverless pod. The design was then used for a number of user evaluations, with the final one being a mixed reality (MR) setup. For this setup, a traditional ergonomic buck and MR were combined to conduct participant-led ergonomic and design evaluations of the interior. In this setup, participants moved freely through a virtual environment and experienced the vehicle as part of an interactive simulation that included an animated journey across a fictional technology park. The subsequent study with 100 participants from the general public using the MiCar in the MR looks into the response to the design in detail, which then led to a validation of the proposed comfort model introduced at the beginning. That study is presented here, along with an outline of the build of the mixed reality.


Future Automotive Cockpit & Storage (FACS)

Julien Robin
R&D project manager
Simoldes Plastic Division
The Future Automotive Cockpit & Storage (FACS) project aims at the design, development and demonstration of a new architecture and new modules for the interior of professional vehicles (LCV/van type), seeking to anticipate the evolutionary trend of the automotive industry toward autonomous vehicles, as well as the opportunities that this evolution brings to the interiors of commercial vehicles. It is expected that the interior redesign of professional vehicles will evolve significantly in its configuration, meeting not only the transportation needs of occupants, cargo and equipment, but also other needs and uses (such as working, communicating, eating and resting) arising from the free time provided by the operation of the autonomous vehicles.

11:00 - 11:45


Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change


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