Prof. Dr. Joachim Riedl
Prof. Dr. Stefan Wengler

Empirical Research and User Experience (ERUX)


Currently the research group is working on two major projects:

The Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) in the context of self-driving cars.

In this research project ERUX cooperates with Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH, one of the world's leading manufacturers of sensor systems in the automotive industry. Within the framework of the research project, it will be investigated where possible obstacles to the acceptance of driver assistance systems lie, and which measures are suitable for promoting the diffusion process of the new technologies. Finally, the question of how to design highly automated vehicles should be answered not only from a technical or legal perspective, but primarily from the customer's point of view, in order to ensure customer acceptance and thus the economic success of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future.

Further information can be found here


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Shuttle Model Region Upper Franconia (SMO)

In view of the high costs and low frequency of use in rural regions, the operation of local public transport (LPT) is becoming increasingly difficult. The use of autonomously driving shuttles could be a sensible addition to the existing public transport system, lead to financial relief and also offer passengers greater comfort in the future.

However, the switch to (partially) autonomous systems will not go smoothly, as passengers have doubts not only about the technical reliability, but also about their safety and how to handle these shuttles. Accordingly, it is important to collect the diverse impressions of the population in practical tests and to find intelligent HMI solutions to reduce the fears of potential passengers and increase their acceptance regarding the shuttles.

The project is a joint project and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.


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