Interaction Between Human and Vehicle
The path to automated driving will appear familiar to many: today a customer can configure their desired car such that on the one hand it has today’s driver assistance features (e.g. lane keeping assistant, adaptive cruise control with emergency braking, and highway driving assistant) for driving on the highway. On the other hand, they can decide to go without all the parking assistance systems that support the driver during maneuvering. In the future customers will still have this freedom of choice.
The available driving and parking functions for assisted and partially automated driving and parking already relieve the driver of some tasks. For example, the driving function “Adaptive Cruise Control” (ACC) can take over the continuous operation of the gas and brake pedals. The driver has to monitor the system and if necessary must resume the driving task himself.
In a few years from now, the first vehicles will be equipped with the necessary sensor systems and information processing that enable functions for high and full automation in specific use scenarios. To start with, we may expect automated driving functions for driving on highways and in traffic queues. In the more distant future, we will also see increasing driver support on journeys across country and in urban areas. The path to high and full automation is, however, not only one of technology, but it will also require amendments to both national and international legislation.