RUMBA - Realisierung hoher User Experience Mittels Benutzerfreundlicher Ausgestaltung des Innenraums für Automatisierte Fahrfunktionen

  • Initiator/Client: MAN Truck & Bus SE
  • Field of Research: Automated Driving, interior concepts, user experience
  • Contact: Svenja Escherle
  • Project Period: 09/2020 - 02/2024


Project coodination: Robert Bosch GmbH

Project partners: AUDI AG, MAN Truck & Bus SE, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH, Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, Universität Stuttgart, Can Controls GmbH, OHP GmbH, Spiegelinstitut Mannheim GmbH & Co. KG, studiokurbos GmbH, Würzburger Institut für Verkehrswissenschaften GmbH

Initial Situation and Research Questions

Automation is one of the largest research and development areas in the commercial vehicle industry. The technology is continuously developed with the aim to bring self-driving trucks on the roads. In SAE level 4, the driver will no longer be needed as vehicle operator. The questions that arise at this point include the following: Which group of persons with which qualifications will be in and around the automated vehicle in the future? Which new requirements for the design of the driver’s cabin will result from that? Which new interfaces will arise between the vehicle and the environment? In the case that no person will be present in the vehicle at times, it is also important to clarify which activities of the delivery process will still have to be carried out by humans or how solutions within the automation could look like.


The overall objective of MAN in RUMBA is to develop and evaluate suitable concepts for the cabin interior of automated trucks.


In order to answer the research questions of the project, the current state of driver activities as well as processes around the truck will be analyzed in detail. In the next step various scenarios for the future use of automated trucks will be developed by using special methodology and interior concepts will be created for these scenarios. The concepts will be realized as paper-prototypes first, then in VR and finally in a modular test bench. To make sure that the interior concepts are suitable for the future scenarios they are developed for, evaluation will take place at every stage of concept development.