For this, IAV has a whole library of virtual tours. Other road users and typical scenarios – such as an overlooked right of way – can be modeled in any chosen way. Virtual decision-making involves a 3-D model of the interior as well as HMI components that can either show the actual later passenger compartment or a neutral environment – e.g. for tests with test persons who evaluate the HMI. At the Gifhorn Development Center, IAV also has a driving simulator with a life-size vehicle interior model. In it, test persons can “drive” the vehicle and see the contents of a head-up display through augmented-reality glasses.

“Using these virtual methods, we have successfully completed a large number of projects over recent years”, Heinath reports. “As a result, we can estimate very well what is possible and what makes sense. It is always important to keep an eye on technology’s limits without allowing creativity to suffer.” As a particular added value for his customers, he not only places emphasis on close cooperation with IAV’s vehicle interior experts but also on the entire chain of solutions. His department can provide assistance throughout an HMI development process from the initial idea, design and AR/VR-assisted decision-making right through to constructing prototypes in the final phase. It can also provide validation on the basis of field trials across all phases.