Transportation: In-Vehicle Experiences

While an autonomous vehicle can be compartmentalized down to its ability to transport a person from point A to point B safely, this is not the only important aspect of the vehicle. How should a user communicate with the autonomous vehicle? What is the best design for the vehicle’s interior and exterior? How do SAE Level 3 and Level 4 autonomous vehicles and riders share the driving tasks? These questions switch the focus from autonomous vehicle technology and center it on the human.

The lab’s human-centered approach to autonomous vehicle design examines the user experience and interactions with an autonomous vehicle from approaching, the external human-machine interface, to riding in the vehicle, the internal human-machine interface. Our projects help uncover the needs of users and assist in the creation of autonomous vehicle interaction design best practices.


  • Cooperative Driving
  • Assertive Voices
  • Situational Awareness Simulator Study
  • Participatory Design of AV HMI (Class Projects)

Recent projects


Transportation: Autonomous Vehicles

As Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technology transitions from the realm of science fiction to reality, the benefits of this technology have become ever more broadly discussed.

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Transportation: Ridesharing

Ridesharing is an increasingly utilized alternative mode of transportation providing a more widely available and often low-cost option compared to buses and taxis. Ridesharing  may

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older adults

Accessibility: Older Adults

Older adults, people ages 65 and older, may face challenges in being active members of society due to potential physical and mental limitations as they

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