About the group
The CIEHF Automotive Special Interest Group (SIG) brings together the automotive community as well as those from complementary fields who have an interest in automotive. We are a forum interested in supporting the development and rollout of safe, effective and pleasurable automotive technologies through showcasing member’s contributions to the field and discussing new developments. We run multiple events throughout the year and there is opportunity to get involved as CIEHF members, and non-members.
The automotive industry is undergoing multiple highly disruptive shifts in almost all aspects of the field as we look towards more safe, less polluting and more suitable transport methods for the modern world. It is an exciting time for the automotive industry and the human element of future vehicles is at the core of many of these pursuits. Some current trends in the UK automotive industry include:
- The development of automated and ‘self-driving’ vehicles.
- Decarbonisation of road vehicles – net zero by 2050.
- Shifts towards electrification – banning diesel cars and van sales by 2030, shifts towards intelligent mobility, mobility as a service (MaaS), micromobility, and shared transport.
- Accelerated vehicle development processes motivated by start-ups and disruptive automotive firms.
This group looks both towards the practice of Ergonomics and Human Factors in current vehicles and to the development of future methods/technologies. Its membership includes academics, consultants, engineers, policy makers and researchers from across the automotive industry.
How the Group works
The group currently remains active through the facilitation of online events and webinars, as well as in member-led projects. In the near future we will establish a community forum to encourage further participation and ‘ownership’ for our members.
Currently Automotive SIG events are open to both members and non-members of the CIEHF.