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Human Technology Interaction (15cr)


The module introduces and explores the requirements of Human Technology Interaction (HTI) from different stakeholder perspectives. Design features to satisfy and optimise stakeholder requirements of HTI will be discussed. Human factors research provides a way to empirically understand and predict how driver behaviour may change, adjust, or be impacted by new technologies.
Key disciplines of human factors, psychology, human machine interface (HMI) design, business, and ethics will underpin the module with relevant methods introduced.
Key topics include: Fundamentals of HTI for SCAV, Human Machine Interface (HMI) design and evaluation, the supply chain in the automotive industry, human sensing within a car, occupant wellbeing, motion sickness, trust in-vehicle technology. As well as more traditional measures this module also explores future trends of mobility as service and vehicle personalization/customization.
Key topics are introduced from both theoretical and practical viewpoints, supported by case-studies to encourage independent critical evaluation of the subject matter.

This module aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of Human Technology Interaction (HTI) relevant to Smart Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (SCAV). This is an opportunity to explore a human factors approach to SCAV design and gain an understanding of the many factors at play (inclusive of trust, motion sickness, driver state monitoring, distraction and interaction, wellbeing, and sensing of the human). This module aims to comprehensively explore and analyse the design process within HTI to derive truly innovative technological solutions to improve the safety, efficiency, and enjoyment of SCAVs.


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of key principles underpinning human interaction and apply it to compare/criticise the design.
  • Critically evaluate the appropriateness of current technology solutions for different stakeholders.
  • Comprehensively understand and apply advanced usability testing, to refine the design of human machine interfaces.
  • Demonstrate the application of concepts like trust, distraction, interaction, wellbeing, and sensing the human in designing of human machine interfaces.
  • Demonstrate a critical high-level understanding of challenges associated with the supply chain and mobility as a service.


  • 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
  • HTI design for SCAV outlined, introduced and practical demonstrations given.
  • Methods for designing HTI relevant to 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 the 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
  • Validation of methodologies for optimising the design of HTI for SCAV including
    theory, demonstrations, and tasks. Methods for measuring key concepts defined with
  • Latest trends of HTI for SCAV underpinned by state of the art research, future trends and
    directions identified.


  • Post Module assignment: (70%)
  • In Module assessment: (30%)


2 weeks including 24 hours of lectures, 6 hours of practical classes, 40 hours of guest lectures and visits to facilities