Electric Vehicles: Technology Perception, User Experience and Urban Implications

Background
Electric vehicles are a technology unfamiliar to the public. Our project investigates perceptions towards this new technology, factors taken into account when considering EV adoption, and understanding and attitudes prior to and during EV driving. Based on this data, we design user interfaces to be used before, during and after EV driving, especially trying to address range anxiety. Our investigation and design focus on various types of electric vehicles. We are also considering the urban and social implications of our EV findings, designs and evaluations.

Aims
We first aim to understand people perception and user experience of electric vehicles, before they decide to adopt the technology and while driving.

Our second aim to is to improve perception and experience through interface design.

Finally we aim to understand urban and social implications of various types of electric vehicles.

Approaches
Our methods are part of a human-centered design cycle. We perform user studies with electric vehicles before, during and after driving. We also apply design methods to improve the user experience of EVs. Finally, we evaluate how our designs are perceived. This cycle can be repeated on a given design, or on adapting the design ideas to other types of electric vehicles.

Research Group

Project leader
Assoc. Prof. Cristian Bogdan

Other project members

Dr. Anders Lundström, (PhD 2016)

Hanna Hasselqvist (PhD student)

Media Technology and Interaction Design (MID), School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), KTH

Links and references

Lundström A, Designing Energy-Sensitive Interactions: Conceptualising Energy from the Perspective of Electric Cars, doctoral thesis, KTH, 2016

A. Lundström and F. Hellström, ”Getting to Know Electric Cars Through an App,” in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, 2015, pp. 289-296

A. Lundström, ”Differentiated driving range : Exploring a solution to the problems with the ”guess-o-meter” in electric cars,” in AutomotiveUI 2014 – 6th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, in Cooperation with ACM SIGCHI – Proceedings, 2014.

S. Osswald et al.”EVIS 2014 : 3rd Workshop on Electric Vehicle Information Systems,” in AutomotiveUI 2014 – 6th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, in Cooperation with ACM SIGCHI – Adjunct Proceedings, 2014, pp. 93-98.

A. Lundström and C. Bogdan, ”Having a lead foot? : Exploring how to visualize energy consumption and driving in electric cars,” in AutomotiveUI 2014 – 6th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, in Cooperation with ACM SIGCHI – Adjunct Proceedings, 2014, pp. 111-114.

A. Lundström and C. Bogdan, ”Designing & Understanding the Impacts of Electric Vehicle Apps,” in Automotive UI’13, 2013.

A. Lundström and C. Bogdan, ”COPE1 – Incorporating Coping Strategies into the Electric Vehicle Information System,” in Adjunct Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI ’12), 2012, pp. 17-19.

A. Lundström, C. Bogdan, F. Kis, I. Olsson, ”EVERT : Energy Representations for Probing Electric Vehicle Practice,” in Proceedings of the 2012 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems – CHI ’12, 2012, pp. 2141-2146.

A. Lundström , C. Bogdan, F. Kis, I. Olsson.”Enough power to move : Dimensions for representing energy availability,” in MobileHCI’12 – Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, 2012, pp. 201-210.