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Frederic Otto Gmeiner

Interface Scenarios —
Personalized Human-Machine Communication for Driverless Cars

For: Volkswagen
With: FELD studio

Designed for SEDRIC, a driverless concept car by Volkswagen, these interface scenarios envision what the future of autonomous transportation could look and feel like. To build trust in autonomous systems, the interaction and communication between humans and intelligent systems will have to be personalized, transparent and intuitive. The interface scenarios are inspired by real human-machine conversations and imagine a future in which driverless cars are a part of every-day life.

SEDRIC’s interface is a practical application of insights gained in the Empathic Futures study, a collaboration with the Volkswagen Group Future Center Europe. The study explored the future of human-machine relationships by looking at the way people communicate with and build trust in intelligent systems. Based on this, different scenarios for SEDRIC illustrate diverse use cases that require an adaptable interface and stimulate varying forms of interaction.

The interface scenarios were first exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for their show The Future Starts Now. Visitors had the opportunity to enter the SEDRIC cabin and experience an immersive, audio-visual journey through London in a driverless future.

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