Safe & relaxed.
My pulse is now normal. I’m cruising around the virtual city in an upbeat mood, encountering eye-catching fellow road users trying to distract me. A man with a huge dog, cyclists and a group of people on the left. Will someone perhaps stumble into the street to test me, I wonder, just as I catch something dashing into my field of vision from the right out of the corner of my eye. Before I even know what is happening, a warning signal sounds and the red LED bar lights up. I step on the brakes hard and come to a safe stop right in front of a man. After that shock, the instrument cluster displays an instruction telling me to continue my drive. I end the simulation with a sharper sense of awareness.
The situations described show the logic of the modular HMI toolkit components. As long as there is time enough and the situation remains unthreatening, the vehicle merely provides information. Should I get into critical situations in which my reaction time would be too slow, the system intervenes to prevent an accident. That way I never lose control, and am given clear, specific and practical support.
What comes next for UR:BAN? Now the results are being implemented out on the roads. Dr Julia Werneke: “We are very satisfied with the progress so far. The assistant systems are now being installed in test vehicles and tested in real city traffic.” In conjunction with the concluding presentation, the project group is drawing up a final version of the design guidelines to improve current and future human-machine interaction development. I wonder when I will have my first opportunity to come across an assistant in a car again.