Designing for Comfort in Shared and Automated Vehicles (SAV): a Conceptual Framework

Cyriel Diels, Tugra Erol, Milena Kukova, Joscha Wasser, Maciej Piotr Cieslak, William Payre, Abhijai Miglani, Neil Mansfield, Simon Hodder, Jelte Bos

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To date, automotive design and research is heavily biased towards the driver. However, with the rapid advance of vehicle automation, the driving task will increasingly being taken over by a machine. Auto-mation by itself, however, will not be able to tackle the transport challenges we are facing and the need for shared mobility is now widely recognized. Future mobility solutions are therefore expected to consist of Shared and Automated Vehicles (SAV). This means that the passenger experience will take center stage in the design of future road vehicles. Whereas at first sight this may not appear to be different to the experience in other modes of transport, automation and shared mobility introduce different psychological, physical and physiological challenges. These are related to the fact that the occupant is no longer in control, has to put his or her life in the hands of a computer, while at the same time expects such future vehicles to render travel time more efficient or pleasurable and engage in so-called non-driving related tasks. Taking inspiration from work conducted in the field of aircraft passenger comfort experience, we discuss major comfort factors in the con-text of SAV and highlight both similarities and differences between transport modes. We present a human centered design framework to assist both the research agenda and the development of safe, usable, comforta-ble, and desirable future mobility solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2017
EventInternational Comfort Congress - Salerno, Italy
Duration: 7 Jun 20178 Jun 2017
Conference number: 1


ConferenceInternational Comfort Congress
Abbreviated titleICC2017
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  • vehicle automation
  • shared mobility
  • user requirements
  • human centered design


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