Intuitive Human-Vehicle Interaction.
Rapid technological progress and automated driving are creating new demands for vehicle equipment. User Interaction (UI) spokesperson Maxi Vogel follows the development of new Mercedes-Benz models from the concept stage to completion. As a psychologist and an expert on human factors, she ensures that human needs and capabilities are optimally taken into account in this process. In her interview, she explains what MBUX – the intuitive Mercedes-Benz infotainment system – means in regard to ride comfort, what gestures have to do with it, and how her career at Mercedes-Benz began.
For Maxi Vogel (34), who grew up near Lutherstadt Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt, a car most importantly represents the freedom to simply drive anywhere you want and be mobile. After reunification of east and west Germany, her family travelled mainly by car. This childhood experience made a deep impression on Maxi, now the mother of a six-year-old daughter: Even today, she loves going on road trips with her husband and child to explore different cultures and landscapes. Her passion for cars is also clear from her choice of profession. After studying psychology at the University of Göttingen, she completed a master's degree in Human Factors at the Technical University of Berlin and later applied for an open position at Mercedes-Benz.