Risky gadgets to the rescue: Designing personal ubicomp. Devices to foster safer driving behaviors in young males
Ronald Schroeter & Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology
Electric, connected and autonomous vehicles are an engineering reality. They will fundamentally transform the transport landscape and our society as a whole. Over the coming decades, car sharing, taxi and public transport services are set to merge into an intelligent mobility system that is safe, efficient, clean and accessible to everyone. Today’s cars will gradually change from privately owned status symbols to consumer electronic vehicles with head-up displays and Internet of Things connectivity.
This presentation highlights the significant role that human-computer interaction (HCI) research can play during this exciting revolution that inevitably raises many research questions and problems, which require innovative approaches and solutions through international collaborations. The research potential is showcased based on HCI research projects that sit at the intersection of design, games, engineering, human factors, urban informatics, and road safety psychology.
Since 2007, our research lab has maintained strong collaborations with the Media Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction Groups of the Department of Informatics of the University of Munich and the Center for Digital Technology and Management. They result in around four student interns per year undertaking their German Masters thesis at QUT, as well as co-authored publications with the students and their German supervisors.