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Human Technology Interaction


This module is only available to students on the MSc in Smart, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles and as part of the Part Time TAS JLR scheme.




This module aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of human technology interaction relevant to smart connected and autonomous vehicles (SCAVs).

The module introduces and explores the requirements of human technology interaction from different stakeholder perspectives. Design features to satisfy and optimise different stakeholder human technology interaction will be discussed.

Key disciplines of human factors, psychology, design, business and ethics will underpin the module with relevant concepts of these disciplines introduced.

The module introduces topics from a practical view point but with a comprehensive theoretical underpinning to ensure the rationale for human technology interaction is fully understood. Where appropriate concepts will be tested in a practical way to embed learning. Students will be able to critically apply learning to a variety of technology systems that interact with the human within the context of smart connected and autonomous vehicles. The module will provide students with the ability to understand design implications and solutions to optimise human technology interaction.


Upon successful completion participants will be able to critically understand:

  • HMI design for SCAV and trends in the next 15 years;
  • Key concepts and trends in trust, distraction and interaction, wellbeing and sensing of the human for SCAV
  • Stakeholder interaction with SCAV
  • Social, Ethical and business aspects of SCAV
  • Verification & validation methodology appropriate for SCAV


  • Introduction to Human Technology Interaction (HTI). Key concepts from human factors, design and psychology described along with theoretical underpinning.
  • Application of concepts and principles relevant to HTI from across different sectors introduced.
  • HTI design for SCAV outlined, introduced and practical demonstrations given.
  • Methods for designing HTI relevant for different stakeholder groups.
  • Consumers, technology, population, emerging markets, and how they will affect the design of tolerant human machine interfaces.
  • Distraction and interaction with HTI explored through theory and demonstrations.
  • Wellbeing and human sensing outline and application of use given.
  • Importance of the concept of trust and implications on design
  • Social, ethical and business implications of SCAV defined and explored.
  • Introduction to stakeholder identification for SCAV
  • Definitions and examples of design requirements for different stakeholder groups SCAV
  • Verification and Validation methodologies for optimising the design of HTI for SCAV including theory, demonstrations and tasks. Methods for measuring key concepts defined with examples.
  • Latest trends of HTI for SCAV underpinned by state of the art research, future trends and directions identified.


PMA: 90% of final mark

IMA: 10% of final mark


38 contact hours (to include lectures, tutorials, practicals/workshops, presentations, case studies and syndicate exercises)