So from the moment I saw this challenge I knew I had to participate. I love cars, I love UI/UX/Usability and I love to create stuff from my imagination. I must admit though, that my emphasis for this challenge is on usability and simplicity, not what’s cool. I want to innovate with simplicity. Might be a bold statement, I have set out to fail now It makes me a bit unsure of whether my concept is worth doing, as it’s not that far from where we are today. But I think I will perfect it to my vision, and then we’ll see.
I drive a sports car myself, and I will base my concept on that for two reasons:
- I don’t want to model the entire car interior unless I have to, as that’s not my focus
- My solution should be so simple that it could fit existing cars too
The other thing I like about my specific car is that the driver-specific instruments are all centered towards the driver, the passenger can’t see my speed for instance. I like this (even if I don’t have a wife), but I think an all digital and adaptable instrument cluster makes sense along with a center console that is for the other passengers too.
My main idea centers around an OLED screen in the bottom left of the window, perhaps with option of having an information screen in the top of the window. For me, anything in a car that requires you to turn your head away from the road isn’t made as good as it can be. I love to drive, and I think a safer road is one where everyone likes to drive, that’s why I think cars should be fun to drive, and easy to use. But not take over for you or overwhelm you.
I like the thumb controls already on most cars, so I want to expand on them with a menu system that is easy to use, and a screen that doesn’t take too much attention, doesn’t take your eyes off the road, but can be adjusted in visibility according to available light / user’s vision.
I want it to be voice controlled as an option to that, but few of those work well enough, I have some ideas for that too. I will demonstrate the menu interactively and in video form later. I’m currently working on the base images.
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