A New Car UI: How touch screen controls in cars should really work(matthaeuskrenn.com)

almost 10 years ago from Hadrien B, Eternal dreamer

  • Nathan ManousosNathan Manousos, almost 10 years ago

    This is awesome.

    It's not perfect, but really good. It's great to see someone thinking about these ideas in detail.

    I only wish car companies put a similar amount of focus into these things. It's depressing that car UIs are so bad, and it's probably leading to actual deaths.

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    • Ed LeaEd Lea, almost 10 years ago

      leading to deaths = fact.

      "5,474 people were killed and 448,000 individuals were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2009"[1]

      However, I don't think this is any less distracting. I still need to take my hands off the wheel and I still need to look away occasionally.

      It's a nice thought experiment well done, but I don't think the solution lies in an improved UI, I think it lies in no (visual) UI.

      "OK car, radio 2" "OK car, mp3 player" "OK car, spotify playlist 4"

      [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distracted_driving

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      • Nathan ManousosNathan Manousos, almost 10 years ago

        Good points, but I just like that he's trying to think up a solution. Doesn't seem like car companies are doing anything innovative in this area.

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        • Ed LeaEd Lea, almost 10 years ago (edited almost 10 years ago )

          they are innovating, just very slowly. This kind of update has to fall in line with release cycles for cars. Cars have multi year development cycles.

          I used to live near Jaguar/Landrover and I went in to meet the (then newly formed) in car entertainment team. They are looking at what in car entertainment is like in the internet connected / mobile world, it's just a hard sell to the old-school mechanical guys who are now VP of something or other.

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