Design and Virtual Evaluation of Disruptive Cabin Designs for Energy Efficiency and Comfort Using Human-Centered Methodologies at the GSVF 2019 in Graz, Austria

Intermediate result from partners VIF, TME, CRF, IDIADA, IKA, VOLVO and COV.
Result has been achieved on 8 May, 2019 in month 19 of the project.

In today’s competitive automotive markets most vehicle manufacturers offer novel and often seemingly disruptive vehicle designs. But how effective, safe, and comfortable are such novel designs? To investigate how radical innovative redesigns of vehicle cabins could be methodologically achieved and then virtually assessed, the DOMUS project as part of the EU Horizon 2020 research program, aims to increase the range of electric vehicles by 25 % while maintaining driver and passenger comfort and safety. We present the derivation and formulation of design principles leading to innovative cabin designs and their subsequent iterative refinement using virtual assessment methods to optimize the acoustic and thermal comfort of vehicle occupants. The first version of the Assessment Framework Implementation Tool (AFIT) is presented.