Mission: mixing modes of interaction
By using prototypes, CRF specialists analyze how man interacts with different interfaces and then make improvements to them. For example, a lot of work is done on voice commands to find the most intuitive ways possible to turn on functions. It is a study to be done language by language, with extensive testing on users of different nationalities. FCA's research is open to all possibilities and is acting on different fronts. The best solution? Mix different modes of interaction—such as touch, voice, vibrations or gestures—all in one vehicle.
Like in a video game
In its ergonomics studies, CRF perfected a virtual driving simulator using technology similar to the most high-tech video games; the simulator is a physical vehicle whittled down to the bone: a seat, steering wheel and pedals mounted on a platform that makes surprising movements. You wear 3D glasses and a motion tracker, which shifts point of view following your head's movements, making you feel like you are in a vehicle and driving. Those that run the tests are put in the same road, traffic or danger conditions they encounter while actually driving, thus obtaining perfectly comparable results. In addition to measuring driving performance, the simulator allows assessment of quality-related aspects and performance of architectural test.: all you have to do is press a button to get the impression that you are sitting in a different car and assess how this affects driving.
The climate clone
CRF has developed and patented a mannequin whose job is to measure how comfortable the temperature is as perceived by the driver and passengers. With sensors that stimulate the heat exchange of human skin, this sophisticated mannequin monitors temperature, humidity and speed of the air inside the vehicle, as well as the sunlight that enters.