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New computer language helps boost human-automation interaction

Development of a new computer language has helped engineers and designers in the automotive sector improve human-automation interaction in order to build better cars.
New computer language helps boost human-automation interaction
The automotive industry is evolving rapidly, especially when it comes to human-automation interaction. Wireless communication technologies, driverless systems and infotainment options are blending with high-tech safety features such as pedestrian detection and collision avoidance. The patent granted EU-funded FMHAI (Formal analysis and modeling of human-automation interaction) aimed to articulate a formal language to advanced specification, design, and evaluation of automotive systems and their user interfaces.

To achieve its aims the project collaborated with automotive specialists at General Motors. It developed a specific automotive language that was successfully tested on several new car designs to become a viable specification language used by General Motors.

Among its achievements, the project outlined a joint publication with General Motors on developing formal specifications for human-machine interaction. It also delivered a paper on how the language can be used to design and model automated driving components such as a lane centring system and an advanced cruise control system.

FMHAI made important headway in using the new language to pinpoint design shortcomings in automotive human machine systems. This resulted in new design properties and heuristic design principles that engineers and designers could exploit for advancing infotainment systems. More good design properties for human-machine interactions emerged from a project study that analysed the dimensions of good integrative display design.

Lastly, the project team developed novel design tools that currently assist designers at General Motors. These tools were built using graph-based methods to quantify the dynamics among informational elements on the vehicle’s main display. As demonstrated, the project’s outcomes have already made their mark on advancing human-automation interaction and taking it to the next level.

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Keywords

Human-automation interaction, FMHAI, automotive, general motors, lane centring, cruise control
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