Graduate students try their hand racing our driving simulator — a modified 2010 Chevy Malibu interior, outfitted to a force feedback, high-end gaming workstation.
Imagining the future of transportation
The GM Human-Machine Interaction (HMI) Lab is interested in the future of transportation. We imagine what that future will look, sound, and feel like. We figure out how will people interact with their vehicles, and what will they do while being driven around by the virtual chauffeurs of autonomous (self-driving) cars.
Our lab is an interdisciplinary group open to all majors. Currently, students from Industrial Design, Computing, Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, and other engineering fields work together, to imagine novel transportation design concepts. We are specifically investigating HMI: Imagining new vehicle experiences, creating and prototyping potential solutions, and testing the efficacy of our designs, using road simulation software, head up displays, and advanced eye tracking systems.
Our real-world driving simulator — a 2010 Chevy Malibu that's been cut into three sections — allows us to easily and rapidly change controls and parts to test out concepts. Students who join our lab can expect a track involving all majors, progressing through a learning-by-doing methodology, from basic to advanced skills.