Adaptive Mobility

Adaptive Mobility

Mobility is an essential part of our everyday life, and therefore a very relevant societal context – not only for Industrial Design and the TU/e. “Smart mobility” is one of the three strategic areas of our university and aims to tackle major mobility challenges through applying novel technologies, such as sensing, big, data, internet of things, ubiquitous computing and so forth. In the “Adaptive Mobility” squad we investigate and envision the way in which we will interact with different means of transportation in the future. Projects are not limited to automotive, but include all modes of transportation, e.g. public transport, bicycles, car/ride sharing etc., basically anything that supports us in transitioning in our everyday journeys.

The squad deals with various important trends:

Automated driving:

Developments in the area of electrical engineering (sensor technology and communication technology) and computer science (information technology) have resulted in the development of a multitude of advanced driver assistance systems, and efforts to develop automated and driver-less vehicles will revolutionize driving further, radically changing the driving experience by using the car as a novel space for a multitude of non-driving-related activities.


Solar powered, electric, and other fuel-efficient vehicles will impose interesting challenges in terms of changing drivers’ behavior to increase power efficiency, but also lightweight 3d-printed structures and bio-based materials will support weight reduction as well as circularity.

Change from ownership to mobility as a service:

Urbanization results in a decrease in the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of private automotive transport compared to public transport. The trend towards the Sharing Society has resulted in initiatives for joint ownership in diverse forms and ride- or car-sharing programs.

Connectivity/Internet of Things:

People and Things are inter-connected 24/7. Developments such as connected cars extend this into the mobility domain. Not only does it allow people to remain connected while driving around (or being driven around); also the vehicles themselves are connected to other vehicles and to the infrastructure 24/7, offering value to the users and society. Turning people and vehicles into sensors provides clear links to developments in the area of the Internet of Things and Big Data.

Adaptive interiors:

Novel interactive materials such as smart textiles will support the design of more comfortable and responsive/ adaptive vehicle interiors to both increase pleasure in driving and/or support shared car ownership by adapting to different drivers/styles.

Design challenges/opportunities:

· Multimodal in-vehicle interaction to enhance the experience and comfort

· Shared control for automated vehicles

· Interaction between vehicles, their users and the environment

· Smart and multimodal mobility services

· People and objects as sensors (Internet of Things/Big Data)

· Behavioral change/persuasive technology

· Interactive material applications in car (interior) design

The actual project directions will be defined in collaboration with external clients and partners.

Current / past partners and clients included among others Volvo, Daimler, Dutch Railways (NS), Inalfa Roof Systems, and Lightyear.