EMMI: Automated driving - research project

Joint project EMMI - Empathic human-machine interaction to increase the acceptance of automated driving


A central prerequisite for the successful market launch of partially, highly and fully automated driving functions is, in addition to the technical implementation, acceptance by potential users. Two decisive factors for this are a sufficient degree of confidence in the safety of the system and a perceptible added value or positive user experience. Against this background, Charamel, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), is developing an empathic human-machine interaction (EMMI) together with partners from industry and research over a period of three years.

Within the project Charamel will serve different main focuses. A central focus of the work is the investigation and operationalization of the use of an intelligent visual assistant (avatar) in different social roles with different social-communicative and technological functions in the context of automated driving. This provides the basis for the development of empathic interaction concepts and the establishment of trust in/to an autonomously driving vehicle.

Together the project partners will develop a test environment, in which the effectiveness and acceptance of the subsystems as well as the synthesized overall concept will be tested by means of systematic expert and user studies.

For the realization of a multimodal human-machine interaction, the following further technological developments will be carried out by the respective partners:

  • Integration of new display technologies (e.g. holography) in the field of automotive glazing as visual interface
  • Construction of the verbal and auditory interface with suitable dialogues and audio signals

In the course of the project, the individual building blocks of the human-machine interaction are iteratively synthesized into a holistic multimodal interaction concept and realized in a final demonstrator.

Project name: EMMI - Empathic Human-Machine Interaction to increase the acceptance of automated driving

Project duration: 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2023

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