Networked Driving

vernetztes fahrenIf the car telephones your house to let it know to turn on the heater, or if several cars communicate with each other about road conditions or traffic congestion, or if the driver can book a hotel using speech, then we may be referring to networked driving.

In the joint project focusing on human-machine interaction during networked driving was addressing issues of usability, safety and acceptance of such applications. The goal of this project was to consider the perspectives of the driver at all times in the design, development and marketing of networked automotive applications.

New technology in mobile communications and the increased use of electronic systems in automobiles allow for new opportunities in communication services and safety and assistance system installation in vehicles. These functions and systems can be used in vehicles to make travel more convenient, safer and more comfortable overall.

Networked driving refers to any interaction between the vehicle and other people, facilities or road users. But how many and which service requests may be made to the driver during a driving task without compromising driving safety? Which applications would realistically be in demand for professional and private drivers? Which billing models are most suitable and acceptable for private vehicles and vehicle fleets?

Three project partners worked together on these research questions, namely HFC Human Factors-Consult GmbH, Humboldt University in Berlin and Technical University of Berlin.

The first phase of the project was the development of a requirements and needs analysis. As part of a parallel-iterative development approach, development methods were broadened, so that the requirements of drivers, automotive manufacturers, suppliers and wireless and service providers could also be taken into account. The general operating concepts for networked applications were also explored in simulator studies. Following the project, a pilot application was tested in a field trial in cooperation with mobile operators. The project was assisted by a group of experts from the automotive and mobile communications industry.

The project ran for two years, from 2005 to 2007, and was funded by the Investment Bank Berlin (IBB) as part of the funding program Pro FIT. This program was co-financed by the EU. The funds came from the European Regional Development Fund / ERDF.



  • Reqiurements Definition
  • Questionnaires/Interviews
  • User Interfaces
  • Flight Simulator



  • TU Berlin
  • HU Berlin