Adaptive Mobility

The Smart Mobility squad is a continuation of former activities in this area within the Automobility theme and the Next Nature theme. Until now, the focus has been on automotive, as a strong component of transport means, but other areas such as public transport, bicycles and so forth have been and are addressed as well.
With respect to the automotive domain, there a several important trends:

  • Autonomous 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 autonomous and driver-less vehicles will revolutionize driving further, radically changing the driving experience.
  • Fuel-efficient vehicles, in particular solar vehicles, where the integration of requirements concerning aerodynamics, power efficiency, packaging and styling impose interesting challenges.
  • Change from ownership to use: 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 car-sharing programs.
  • Connectivity/Internet of Things: People and Things are inter-connected 24/7. Developments such as Connected car extend this into the automotive 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.

In the broader area of mobility, there are trends such as electric bicycles (of all different forms and categories), bicycle sharing, services for customized and integrated mobility (multi-modal transport services, Mobility as a Service) creating oprtunities for design.

Design challenges/opportunities

  • Multimodal in-vehicle Interaction to enhance the experience and comfort
  • Shared control for autonomous vehicles
  • Interaction between vehicles and their users and the environment
  • (Multimodal) Mobility services
  • People and objects as sensors (Internet of Things/Big Data)
  • Behavioural change/persuasive technology
  • Interactive material applications in car (interior) design

The actual project directions will be defined in collaboration with external lients such as Daimler and Volvo.