Development of a User Interface for Remote Driving of Vehicles

University essay from KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS); KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS)

Abstract: Remote driving is essential for the transition frommanually steered vehicles to autonomous vehicles. Autonomousvehicles may not be able to handle difficult traffic situations atfirst and in such situations a human operator needs to interveneand drive remotely. To avoid further complications it is crucialthat the user interface for the remote driving is intuitive in orderto maintain safety. When taking the step from humans drivingin the vehicle to the vehicle driving itself there are a few bumpsin the road. One major problem is what happens if the vehiclefinds itself in a situation that it has yet to be programmed tounderstand. The purpose of this project is therefore to developthe missing link. A user interface with torque feedback, basedon vehicle dynamics and steering servo designing, is developed inpython in order to obtain an intuitive driving experience for theuser. The performance of the developed user interface is evaluatedby means of an experiment where a test course is set up and thentested by subjects. The conclusions that can be drawn from thisproject are that a user can maneuver a vehicle by a separate setof steering wheel and pedals, and that it is more intuitive whentorque feedback is turned on.

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