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Cognitive & Engineering Psychology
Cognitive & Engineering Psychology


Light-based communication between automated vehicles and other road users

Project partners


Ford GmbH


BMVI (German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure), funding code: 16AVF2016A  




There are many challenges linked to the development of automated vehicles. One of these challenges is concerned with communication between automated vehicles and other road users. Therefore, the key targets of the research project InMotion are the development and the implementation of light-based communication concepts between automated vehicles and vulnerable road users (e.g., pedestrians or cyclists). Within the project, the Professorship of Cognitive and Engineering Psychology has several tasks. One important task is the collection and classification of situations in which cooperation between automated vehicles and others is needed. These descriptions are used to select specific situations to conduct them in several user studies. Another important task of the professorship is the development of HMI concepts for the communication of the stated road users. In the end, the results are used to derive requirements and recommendations for the implementation of light-based communication concepts within a demonstrator.


contact Dr. Matthias Beggiato (coordinator)
staff Dr. Isabel Neumann, M. Sc. Ann-Christin Hensch


Hensch, AC., Halama, J., Ackermann, C., Beggiato, M., Neumann, I., & Krems, J. (2018). Kommunikation zwischen Fußängern und Fahrzeugen. Querungsintentionen und Interaktionsverhalten im Niedriggeschwindigkeitsbereich. In VDI (Eds.). Fahrerassistenzsysteme und automatisiertes Fahren 2018, VDI-Berichte 2335 (p. 323-336). Düsseldorf: VDI-Verlag GmbH. ISBN 978-3-18-092335-2.

Hensch AC., Neumann I., Beggiato M., Halama J., Krems J.F. (2020). How Should Automated Vehicles Communicate? – Effects of a Light-Based Communication Approach in a Wizard-of-Oz Study. In: Stanton N. (eds). Advances in Human Factors of Transportation. AHFE 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 964. Springer, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-20503-4_8


Neumann, I., Hensch, A., Beggiato, M., Halama, J., Krems, J.F. (2019). Einleuchtend?! Evaluation lichtbasierter Kommunikation zwischen automatisierten Fahrzeugen und anderen Verkehrsteilnehmern. In M. Vollrath & Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (Hrsg.), "Mehr Mensch im Verkehr?": Abstracts 3. Kongress Fachgruppe Verkehrspsychologie, Saarbrücken, 05.-07.3.2019 (p. 25). Universitätsbibliothek Braunschweig.



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