Design of Graphics Overlays for Digital Mirrors

Cab Engineering at Volvo Group Trucks Technology (Volvo GTT) are responsible for developing the cabs for the different truck brands. At Cab Engineering, the department of Ergonomics & Driver Interface is among other things responsible for setting HMI/UX related requirements for a number of End User Functions that the truck drivers use.
Traditional mirrors in vehicles are increasingly replaced by systems of cameras and monitors, “Digital mirrors”. The new technology opens up new possibilities to enhance the driving experience by overlaying the camera’s view with graphics to make driving simpler, safer and more enjoyable. This could include for example visualizing the end of one’s own vehicle or the distance to surrounding objects and road users.
The ambition of this thesis work is to explore what information can be of interest to the driver as well as how the information can be presented when overlaid on screens or other parts of the cab.
Examples of questions that the thesis work could aim to investigate:
  • Design overlays for distance perception support
  • Design overlays for trucks which frequently connect to different combinations of trailers
  • Design overlays for Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS)
  • Design overlays for supporting driver's situation awareness in semi-automation, platooning situationsor with future connectivity technologies
Suitable background:
Engineering student at Master’s level with background in Industrial Design Engineering, Interaction Design, Programming, or Product Development. Or Psychology student on Master’s degree level. Preferably a cooperation between two students with different educational backgrounds.
For the specific topic of this thesis work, we foresee the following important activities:
  • If possible - Work in a pair to secure a more cross-functional approach, significant result and personal development
  • Interviewing and observing users to understand their needs and behaviors
  • Designing and prototyping (possibly interactive or dynamic) overlay concepts
  • Performing user validations of concepts (in driving simulator if relevant)
Starting date: Early spring 2020 and ending before the summer vacation ~July 2020
MinJuan Wang, +46 31 3231152
Christian Fransson, +46 768644520

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