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As part of RWTH Aachen University, the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) researches the complete vehicle including its systems and their interactions. From the initial idea to innovative component and system concepts to vehicle prototypes, the Institute's staff actively design solutions for tomorrow's safe, efficient and attractive mobility. Our team is structured in six research areas: Vehicle Concepts & HMI, Vehicle Structures, Vehicle Dynamics & Acoustics, Energy Management & Drivetrains, Vehicle Intelligence & Automated Driving and Traffic Psychology & Acceptance. In addition, the institute’s director Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Eckstein is the spokesperson for the cross-faculty profile area "Mobility & Transport Engineering" at RWTH Aachen University.
Against the background of the EMMI project, the ika with its research areas Vehicle Concepts & HMI, Vehicle Intelligence & Automated Driving and Traffic Psychology & Acceptance offers all core competencies across disciplines to systematically develop innovative solutions. The entire development process is covered, starting with the idea, through requirements analysis, to conceptual solution design, prototypical implementation and final validation and evaluation. The ika benefits from an excellent infrastructure, ranging from modern laboratory equipment to static and dynamic driving simulators to its own test tracks and test vehicles.
Within the project, the ika will serve different main focal points. A central focus of the work is the investigation as well as operationalization of the psychological construct of trust in the context of automated driving, as well as the development of an overarching framework. This will provide the basis for developing empathic interaction concepts.
Based on this, the ika will be significantly responsible for and support the development and design of the various MMI concepts along the user-centered development process. Thematic focal points are the situational visualization of vehicle information as well as the enabling of indirect user intervention. The ika will ensure the evaluation of the effectiveness and acceptance of the subsystems as well as the synthesized overall concept during the project with the help of systematic expert and user studies and will set up the necessary test environments.
Institute for Automotive Engineering at RWTH Aachen University (ika)