Human-vehicle interaction

Foto: Bernd Müller, © Fraunhofer IAO


From driver assistance systems to automated driving

New generations of vehicles are equipped with increasingly complex technology designed to offer additional safety and better connectivity. Being able to operate these features intuitively ensures users have a more comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying ride. This means that human-vehicle interactions often play a decisive role in achieving market success and must be factored in to the development process.

At Fraunhofer IAO, we have now spent over 15 years designing and testing user-vehicle interfaces for a variety of notable manufacturers. We set up the Vehicle Interaction Lab for developing and refining interaction solutions that can be adapted to different drivers and situations. This may take place in a drive simulator or as part of field tests on the road.

For our customers, we

  • construct virtual or real prototypes for visual, acoustic and touch-based vehicle operation concepts,
  • provide tried-and-tested as well as innovative tools and methods for designing human-machine interactions,
  • develop solutions for the transition to autonomous driving,
  • test human-machine interfaces (HMIs) in terms of ergonomics, user-friendliness, distraction and driving experience,
  • gather reference data on driver conditions and
  • draft recommendations for the further development of HMIs.

Do you want a vendor-neutral perspective on the controls and interior sensors in your vehicles? Then get in touch with our experts!

Further information



Vehicle Interaction Lab

As its name suggests, the Vehicle Interaction Lab is used for research into the interaction between human beings and vehicles. The core aspect of this research revolves around the ideal design of the interface between man and machine for new electronic systems in vehicles.