Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Hyundai Distinguished Lecturer – Jay Joseph

Title: Considering the Total Vehicle as HMI

Speaker: Jay Joseph

Assistant VP, Dealer Communications & Training American Honda Motor Company, Inc


The R&D centers of automakers are typically organized around functional groups: powertrain, chassis, body, electrical, interior and so on. Some disciplines span across several areas, such as safety, with a focus on body and interior for structure and airbag influence on occupant safety, with overlap into the areas of electronic systems and chassis controls for crash avoidance systems.

One area that has warranted significant attention in the past few years is the quantification and improvement of the human-machine interface (HMI) as an aspect of in-vehicle infotainment systems, and how that affects driver workload (attention) or more to the point, distraction. This has raised interesting questions about the risks and rewards of engaging the driver with in-vehicle tasks, locking out functions while the vehicle is in motion and related questions. Do we understand the effects of these driver engagements well enough to understand what is good, what is bad, and how that may vary by situation? Further, like automotive safety as an engineering discipline, is HMI separable from the rest of the vehicle, or is it integral to the design of every vehicle system and component? Have we put enough thought into considering the entire vehicle as HMI, and understanding the interrelationships between handling, ride comfort, seating, steering response, control logic and placement, visibility and how all of that affects the way the driver interacts with the electronic infotainment systems?

Date(s) - 10/15/2015
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

1062 Bainer Classroom


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