On April 24, 2024, the public research project RUMBA presented its project results to the professional audience in Renningen after a project duration of 3.5 years. Under the leadership of Bosch, the consortium, consisting of OEMs, suppliers, and scientific institutes, conducted research on the design of automated driving.

In RUMBA, “Achieving a positive user experience through user-friendly design of the vehicle interior for automated driving functions”, the focus is on the user and their needs, rather than the fundamental technology of automated driving. In fully automated driving the driver will take on the role of a passenger and increasingly want to make full use of the freedoms gained. When asking users of future automated vehicles how they would like to use their time during an automated drive, the answers can often be categorized into four categories:

  • Entertainment
  • Productive work
  • Communication
  • Rest and relaxation

In order for these activities to be comfortably carried out in the vehicle, larger adjustments are needed in the vehicle interior. In the project, a safe, efficient, and comfortable driving behavior was developed in parallel. Because for an optimal user experience, the newly designed vehicle interiors must be coordinated with the driving behavior of the automation, so that the occupants can build trust, feel safe and comfortable, and not suffer from symptoms of motion sickness.

During the final event, the consortium presented the project results in the form of technical presentations, poster and screen presentations, VR demonstrations, and driving demonstrations on the test track. The high level of interest in the main topics was demonstrated by the over 200 guests and the numerous expert discussions. The event was rounded off by three external keynotes:

  • UX sounds for human-machine interaction
    (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander von Hoffmann , TH Nürnberg)

  • Automotive Health: Health applications in the vehicle
    (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sven Winkelmann , TH Nürnberg)

  • Opportunities and Challenges: How Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs) will revolutionize mobility.
    (Marvin Greifenstein , Universität St. Gallen)

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