A new SAFER doctor: Fredrick Ekman!

Feb, 28 2023

User trust here and now but not necessarily there and then - A Design Perspective on Appropriate Trust in Automated Vehicles", is the title of Fredrick Ekman's doctoral thesis, that he successfully defended today!

Fredrick Ekman has been a doctoral student at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science Division Design & Human Factors, Chalmers University of Technology. In his work Fredrick has investigated which factors affects trust in the human-machine interaction in self-driving vehicles, and in which way. The purpose is to create a better understanding regarding users' trust in automated systems, and the goal is to create guidelines that assists HMI designers in creating an appropriate level of trust in self-driving vehicles, with the vision to achieve a safer- and greater driving experience for the user. Interviews, questionnaires and observations are examples of methods used, to understand users trust for automated systems and vehicles.

Link to the thesis and included papers can be found here.

The examinator was Prof MariAnne Karlsson, Chalmers University and the opponent Prof John Lee, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. MariAnne Karlsson has also been the main supervisor together with the co-supervisors s Dr. Helena Strömberg and Dr. Lars-Ola Bligård, Chalmers University.

We wish Fredrick good luck in his future career!