Hochschule Karlsruhe – Technik und Wirtschaft
Institute of Ubiquitous Mobility Systems (IUMS)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schlegel
Moltkestr. 30
76133 Karlsruhe

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SmartMMI @mFUND exchange of expertise on passenger data and information

(Foto: Annette Hillebrand, WIK)

On 12 March the “mFUND exchange of expertise: passenger data and information” took place in the DB mindbox in Berlin. Under the title “SmartMMI – Passenger Information PLUS in Public Transport”, University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe presented the project plan and the current progress of SmartMMI to the participants of the mFUND accompanying research. Together, the participants of the expert exchange discussed challenges and best practice examples for data acquisition and data protection in public transport. The exchange networks mFUND projects of similar topics and different project statuses, thus the individual research projects benefit from mutual experiences.

SmartMMI choosen by BMVI for the mFUND video series 2019/2020

The smart light rail window of the future!

A smart light rail window where passengers can find out where to interchange, whether their travel is running like planed or whether there is a disrubtion. Our SmartMMI project, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), was selected by the mFUND video series for funding in 2018/2019.

SmartMMI passenger cabin in the Messe Karlsruhe magazine of Baden TV

The SmartMMI research project was presented in the Messe Karlsruhe magazine on Baden TV. Our passenger cabin equipped with the smart light rail window received special interest. This passenger cabin will be exhibited at the international conference and trade fair IT-TRANS from March 3 to 5, 2020 (from minute 7:45).

User study on the usability of icons used on SmartWindow

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, a user study on the usability of the icons used on the SmartWindow took place in the IUMS laboratory. The aim was to find out the understanding and usability of our current interaction and visualization concepts with regard to the use of the icons on the SmartWindow and on the smartphone. The evaluation method “Card-Sorting” from the user experience design was used for this study.

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Presentation of the SmartMMI Laboratory Prototype

(Foto: Joachim Lembach)

The delegation of the National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech) consisting of 22 students, four professors and two assistants visited their partner university on July 3 and 4, 2019 at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe. The aim of the visit was the exchange of current research activities of both universities as well as the formulation of joint priorities for future cooperation.

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User study to pre-test evaluation methods for the SmartMMI field test

SmartMMI includes the development of a working prototype of a semi-transparent, interactive display for public transport vehicles. In this user study we were able to test several design prototypes in our mockup tram compartment and gained valuable insight on the usability of several aspects of our prototypes.

Additionally, towards the end of our project, a field test is planned. Two prototypical semi-transparent displays will be implemented in a tram of the local public transport provider. We are currently planning the usability evaluation of our system in the field and in order to do that, we conducted a study to test various evaluation methods in the mockup tram department. We wanted to determine the best suitable evaluation methods for subsequent studies in real public transport environments. Based on the results of this study, we developed our evaluation concept for the upcoming field test.

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SmartMMI presented at the first UITP training in Karlsruhe

(Foto: Michael M. Roth, MicialMedia)

Under the title “Context-Sensitive Travel Companion on Smart Public Displays in Public Transport”, the IUMS presented the first project results from SmartMMI to the participants of the first UITP training in Karlsruhe on 22nd November.

The SmartMMI project focuses on improving the information provision of passengers along their mobility chain. The industry and research partners combine a variety of data sources into an intelligent public transport data platform and explore ways to present the information to passengers on semi-transparent displays (SmartWindows) and on personal mobile devices (smartphones or smartwatches).

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Conducting a User Study to Evaluate our SmartMMI Prototype

On Thursday, the second of May 2019, a large user study took place in the IUMS lab. The aim was to find out the usability of our current interaction and visualization concepts at SmartWindow as well as the interaction between SmartWindow and Smartphone. Different evaluation methods were used at different stages of the study.

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SmartMMI’s SmartWindow – the Railway Window of the Future


A glance at the train window and the passenger is already informed about passing sights and their connections. What sounds a bit like science fiction is currently being researched in the research project “Model and context-based mobility information on Smart Public Displays and mobile devices in public transport”, or SmartMMI for short. Passengers in public transport want to be well informed in every situation. The project therefore focuses on improving the information supply of passengers along their mobility chain. Depending on the situation, and also on the passenger, the need for information changes – whether in the event of a fault, when plans are changed, to tourist destinations or to services available along the route, SmartMMI is investigating how passengers can be informed as appropriate to the situation as possible.

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