In her inaugural lecture, "Who's in the driver's seat?" as professor of "Human Centered Design for Smart Mobility" at TU Delft's Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Nicole van Nes argues that designers should "be in the driver's seat" and align technology with human capabilities.
Van Nes contends that the development of self-driving vehicles is currently too focused on technical feasibility, rather than taking into account human skills and limitations. This approach leads to new risks. To maximize the potential of this technology in improving road safety and inclusivity, Van Nes advocates a human-centered design approach.
In addition to her position as a professor, Nicole van Nes is head of the department Human factors in vehicle automation at SWOV.
The inaugural lecture 'Who's in the driver's seat?' can be viewed on the TU Delft website