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Human & Electronic Drivers Understand Each Other - ZF

Auto News - Published on Mon, 16 Sep 2019

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In the Safe Human Interaction Cockpit made by ZF in partnership with Faurecia, advanced assistance systems and automated driving functions communicate with the driver simply and effectively. The goal is enhanced vehicle safety and comfort from the point of departure to the destination. Transfers of control between man and machine are performed unobtrusively and intuitively. The seat can adjust automatically to suit all kinds of driver across a wide variety of situations. The vehicle provides feedback on control interventions in a clear, transparent, and unambiguous way. Thanks to intelligent electronic assistance they are also easy to adjust.

There is often a wide gulf between the potential safety and convenience enhancements that could be achieved by automated driving systems and the perception of the personal vehicle user of how these systems will work. The SHI Cockpit dispels this discrepancy.Mr Uwe Class, Director of Safe Mobility Systems in the corporate Advanced Engineering department at ZF said that “It really does simplify the handover scenarios between humans and machines. Furthermore, drivers are kept in the picture about which driving mode is active at any given time. This increases the acceptance level for these important functions.”

First of all, the SHI Cockpit advises when road traffic conditions permit automated driving. The vehicle can take over as soon as the driver lets go of the steering wheel. This is sensed by a Hands-On-Detection function within the steering wheel system and the wheel also rises and retracts forward, but remains within range. Thanks to steer by wire, the steering wheel remains stationary in this driving mode, rather than continuing to track the wheel movements. At the same time, the seat moves backward and downward, and inclines to a steeper angle. To enable it to do so, the seat has an extended range of adjustment.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Mon, 16 Sep 2019
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