Future Volvo Human Interface develops in AutoSim simulator
The development of human machine interfaces within the automotive market is rapidly increasing in speed. User testing of early prototypes is essential. By performing early testing, fact based decisions can be made early to save cost and time. Driving simulators have proven to provide a good testing ground before road tests are possible, if realistic driving situations and high repeatability of test factors are ensured.
In 2010 a new HMI laboratory was built at Volvo Car Company. In the laboratory a driving simulator was integrated with a Volvo cockpit. Due to the need of flexibility and rapid simulations, a fixed base driving simulator construction was preferred. The Norwegian company AutoSim was chosen because of the simulator's flexibility and ease of use. The company provides high quality visual driving terrains and a wide range of driving scenarios, with graphical user interfaces for easy scenario programming. The laboratory has successfully been in use since August 2010, and a number of concept evaluations and a larger research study have been performed so far.
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Martin Hansen, President