Heart of Scania - A multimodal interface system that supports drivers of highly automated truck convoys in 2030.
6 weeks | Scania | Umeå Institute of Design | together with Kevin Gaunt, Emily Keller, Kallirroi Pouliadou.
The goal of this project was to get us acquainted with automation in the automotive industry. Specifically, we were asked to create a concept for automation in trucks driving in the highway in the year 2030.
According to the long-haul trucking industry, the driving environment is transforming. We are moving away from driving trucks manually to observing the correct operation of highly autonomous trucks.
The aim of this project was to design the interface for a highly automated truck in 2030 for professional users – or in this case truck drivers. Our idea was to take the needs and values of the truck drivers of 2013 and combine them with the vision of autonomous vehicles and convoys on the highways of 2030. Given these challenges we wanted to humanise the automation technology within the truck, making it a trustworthy companion on the truck operators journey.
We also wanted to give technology a clear point of reference within the truck and finally we aimed to make sure the truck operator remains aware of its actions and decisions at all time. Our proposed concept entitled “Heart of Scania” is multimodal truck interface of an autonomous platooning system in the year 2030. It involves a Head’s-Up-Display (HUD), an interactive steering wheel, voice commands and voice feedback. To illustrate how our “Heart of Scania” concept functions we propose three scenarios (joining a platoon, leaving a platoon and dealing with an emer- gency situation).
This six weeks project was completed in the first semester of the Master of Interaction Design program at Umeå Institute of Design for the ongoing ‘Methods for Designing Autonomous Systems’ (MODAS) project led by industry partners Scania and the Interactive Institute Piteå.
NOTE: Material from the final proposal is missing as Scania has set a patent on certain elements of interaction between the user and the system.