Kristin Kolodge, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership



Kristin Kolodge

Kristin Kolodge

Kristin Kolodge is executive director of driver interaction and human machine interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. She is responsible for developing an HMI practice at the company and monitoring customer insights, perceptions and behaviors of consumers interacting with the technology in their vehicles and around them.

Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2014, Kolodge was senior manager of HMI and ergonomics at Fiat Chrysler. She spent the majority of her 18 years at the company developing automotive features that enhance the customer interface by optimizing ergonomics, intuitiveness and usability. She led the development of the vehicle HMI process that integrated human factors, ergonomics and cognitive analysis into actionable design direction. She also served as senior manager of product investigations and campaigns, responsible for conducting technical investigations on products related to vehicle safety and compliance and making recommendations regarding potential field campaign actions.

Kolodge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.

Recent Articles by Kristin Kolodge

Self-Driving Vehicles: A Wake-up Call

How close are self-driving vehicles to truly becoming a reality? The answer depends on who is being asked. Automotive manufacturers may sheepishly respond with “longer than we proclaimed,” as the initial 2020-2022 predictions give way to timing that is now being held closer to the chest, according to the 2019 J.D. Power Mobility Confidence Index […]

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