Theatre of the Car
The advent of autonomous vehicles is both exciting and alarming. The success or failure of such systems will very much depend on the driver-vehicle interaction: whether people have a good assessment of what the car perceives and is likely to do, and how they might respond to different situations. In the Stanford Automotive Interactions Lab, we are looking at how people will interact with vehicles in the future, particularly around shared control with automation, the emotional experience of automated driving, and opportunities of learning and adaptation. By using simulation technologies and techniques we can prototype and test interfaces to understand how best to design our future automobiles.
Dr. Wendy Ju is executive director for interaction design research at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University and associate professor of interaction design in the Design MFA program at California College of the Arts. Her work in the areas of human-robot interaction and automated vehicle interfaces highlights the ways that interactive devices can communicate and engage people without interrupting or intruding. She has innovated numerous methods for early-stage prototyping of automated systems to understand how people will respond to systems before the systems are built. She has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford and a master’s in media arts and sciences from MIT. Her monograph The Design of Implicit Interactions was published in 2015.