Traffic Psychology & Acceptance

In the research area "Traffic Psychology and Acceptance", the ika bundles the psychological competence to evaluate motor vehicle functions, components and systems over the entire development period. In this context, the aspects of human-technology interaction as well as user experience, acceptance, controllability and traffic safety play a key role.

Another core competence is the definition, collection, evaluation and interpretation of latent driver states (frustration, fatigue, distraction, motion sickness, etc.) before they manifest themselves in observable behavior.

Another pillar of the research area is the systematic and demand-oriented, development-accompanying research on the topics of mobility and inclusion. The latter in particular is becoming increasingly important in today's world. Thus, inclusion is understood as a term that encompasses the inclusion of all people, from young to old, with and without disabilities, from ill to healthy. Mobility means participation in life, which is why this topic is particularly close to our hearts.

The entire portfolio is offered in close cooperation with the other technical research areas of the Institute for Motor Vehicles. The team, consisting of psychologists, takes over the planning, implementation, statistical evaluation and interpretation of subject studies. Please contact us.

Current Projects

BEV Goes eHighway


At the beginning of January 2022, the project "BEV Goes eHighway - BEE" was launched. The aim of the project is to further develop overhead line technology for heavy-duty road transport in order to establish …



AI-based assistant for interior development

KAI unites the leading and internationally operating German companies and research institutions in the field of vehicle interiors, ergonomics and artificial intelligence to support vehicle developers in …



Fail-safe and efficient electric drive system for robot taxis

The AnRox project addresses intelligent fail-safe drive systems for future automated vehicles as a basis for safe operation, high user acceptance and economic business models for providers. The aim is …



Empathic human-machine interaction for increasing acceptance of automated driving

A central prerequisite for the successful market launch of partially, highly and fully automated driving functions is, in addition to the technical implementation, acceptance by potential users. Two decisive …



Holistic Approach for Driver Role Integration and Automation Allocation for European Mobility Needs

The European project HADRIAN, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, is dedicated to the definition of a safe and acceptable driver role during automated driving. Especially the repeated transitions …



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