Development of a virtual ergonomics tool for the vehicle industry

At vehicle companies there are product development departments that perform verification of ergonomics, where they study the driver-vehicle interaction to ensure a successful design of the vehicle.

General description of the project

The verifications are typically performed with the support of virtual tools and by using physical mock-ups, where the latter approach often is time consuming, non-flexible and expensive. The virtual ergonomics tools used today often require expert skills and lack some of the features desired by the vehicle industry.

The aim of the Virtual Driver project is to carry out research related to the development of the Swedish digital human modelling (DHM) tool IMMA (Intelligently Moving Manikins) to further develop the tool so that it can be utilised in the vehicle industry to perform efficient and valid virtual driver-vehicle interaction analyses.

The IMMA tool has the capability to predict postures and motions by the use of mathematical and numerical solutions rather than captured postures or motions. The aim is a tool with high usability that supports and automates the simulation work to a high degree, suitable both for experts and non-experts to perform verifications of driver-vehicle interaction.


Project leader

The project in short

Fully name of project:
Virtual Driver

1 February 2015 to 31 January 2016

Financed by:
The Knowledge Foundation (KK-Stiftelsen), collaborating companies and University of Skövde.

Collaborating partners/Partnership:
Volvo Technology, Volvo Cars, Scania, Fraunhofer-Chalmers Research Centre for Industrial Mathematics (FCC) and University of Skövde.

Researchers related to the current project

Peter Mårdberg (HiS, FCC), Researcher

Niclas Delfs (FCC), Researcher

Erik Brolin (HiS/Chalmers), PhD student

Johan S Carlson (FCC), PhD

Robert Bohlin (FCC), PhD

Dan Högberg (HiS), Associate Professor

Lars Hanson (Scania/HiS), Professor