Heuristic home screen.
I wanted to create a user interface that was strikingly elegant. Through my market research I decided to create a tablet style display that had all of the necessary elements of a vehicle user interface. I decided to split the screen into four dedicated sections (Map, Car, Device, Music). I decided to use voice and touch controls to use the interface.
Beautifully simple navigation.
I have created a few different mapping applications and I simplified previous apps even further to see how far I could push ease of use. I wanted to create a navigation display that was not overly distractive to the driver.
Phone calls controlled by voice.
Again, building up the ‘Virtual Cockpit’ project I applied the same techniques with phone interaction within the UI. I have based the idea of working between voice and touch controls to use the interface.
Meaningful messages and notifications.
I decided to enable the user interface to display messages and notifications in a way that would distract the driver less. I used voice controls to interact with either messages or notifications as I believe, through research, this is possibly safer.
Minimal is good.
Sticking to my philosophy, the bare minimum is best. I want to reduce driver distraction as much as I possible can when interactive with a vehicle UI.
Music with a heuristic feel.
Since most users these days have smart devices, the channel of thinking for the UI was to create a fun, simple way for users to interact with the UI. I wanted bursts of colour from the album covers or radio covers and simple interactions from screen to screen.