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Congress: Interior concept development for automated driving cars

Event: FISITA World Congress 14-16 September 2021 online

Name: Mario Hirz, Associate Professor

Company: Graz University of Technology

Presentation Title: F2021-ACM-127 Combined approach of interior concept development for automated driving cars

Please introduce yourself briefly…

I am an Associate Professor at Graz University of Technology and frequent guest lecturer at universities and in automotive industry throughout Europe, North America and Asia. In my function as vice-head of the Institute of Automotive Engineering and head of the research area for Automotive Mechatronics, I am responsible for various international R&D projects. My research topics comprise vehicle layout and conception, alternative powertrains, sustainable transportation, mechatronics systems and computational development. I am member of scientific associations, reviewer of journal and conference publications and co-organizer of conferences, and have published more than 100 works and received several national and international awards.

What you will talk about at this year’s FISITA World Congress?

I will talk about the Combined Approach of Interior Concept Development for Automated Driving Cars.

Automated driving provides large potentials in view of customer comfort, safe transportation and optimized traffic management. New interior concepts are frequently introduced, but they often do not consider sufficiently the different boundary conditions regarding human ergonomics, comfort and vehicle interior safety. With the target to solve this problem, the presentation introduces a combined approach of interior concept development for automated driving cars that enables an integration of the different, partially conflicting boundary conditions, requirements and human factor-related aspects into one comprehensive interior development process model.

What benefits will participants gain from your presentation?

The presentation introduces to the challenges in interior development of future, automated driving cars. In addition, a holistic process model is presented, which combines hardware-based investigation with simulation and virtual reality technologies to enable effective development of novel interior concepts under the consideration of multifarious, partially conflicting boundary conditions and influencing factors.

Which trends do you consider as the most important for your domain of research and your geographical region?

Electrification of powertrains and digitalization / automation of driving functions.

What challenges do these trends present?

Transition of the automotive industry from mechanics-focus to electrification and software-oriented business.

And what opportunities do these trends offer?

New technologies, new business models and new ways of more sustainable mobility.

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About the FISITA World Congress

Since 1947, the FISITA World Congress has been the leading international meeting place for industry experts, engineers and executives to exchange ideas and discuss the trends that drive the automotive industry forward. The theme for the 38th FISITA World Congress is 'From automobile to mobility. New roles. New challenges' and it will take place 14-16 September 2021, with the opportunity for the global audience to join virtually available for the first time. Registration is now open, with the Early Bird and special registration rates available until 31 August 2021.

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