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Vehicle: Virtual Cockpit Concept

I wanted to design a ‘Virtual Cockpit’ for a vehicle dashboard due to my love for cars. I came up with both an electric car concept and a fuel powered concept, building upon what I have learnt. Due to regulatory requirements and restrictions in the motor industry I created a basic concept that would need to be refined further. The design was based around having ‘selector’ panels, a ‘media’ panel, a ‘speed / energy’ panel and a ‘technical’ panel. I took inspiration from what was already on the market by Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Tesla etc. and I applied this research to my concept. The concept is built in a manner that creates a user centric holistic experience that is focused to appeal to smart device users.

Electric car interface.

Electric car interface.

An electric car has unique features. The main of which is the vehicle having a battery. I wanted to reimagine the Tesla cockpit. I stuck to a five-way split on the dashboard that is flexible.

Simplicity at the core.

Simplicity at the core.

Creating a human-machine-interface (HMI) that is easy to read and distinguish while driving is a challenging task. I think I have come up with a great initial solution that meets these accessibility needs. I have taken inspiration from various sources and ideas to create this striking display. I created a free-flowing music display with the user's needs being met whilst enabling the flexibility to have the ‘speed / energy’ display and ‘technical’ display.

Enticing sport display.

Enticing sport display.

I was inspired by my own car with this sport display. I wanted to introduce more reds and interactions (such as the glow increasing and bursting as soon as the driver has hit the red line) as the driver goes faster and faster.

Voice controlled phone calls.

Voice controlled phone calls.

This simple design allows the user to interact with the car in a way that potentially does not distract the driver. The driver is able to use voice commands to say “Answer”, “Ignore” or “Message” etc. This means the driver can focus on what is important.

Voice controlled messages.

Voice controlled messages.

I have created a dynamic visual interface enabling flexibility in what is displayed to the driver. This screen would message-to-voice to read the driver the message. It will then display the recipient of the message and the message you want to send via voice-to-message

Voice activated guidance.

Voice activated guidance.

A simple fluid way for a user to ask the vehicle to do a task without a distraction.

Fun sport display that draws in the user.

Fun sport display that draws in the user.

I wanted to introduce more fun displays when the driver is in ‘sport’ mode. I created ‘power’ and ‘torque’ dials that could burst as the driver presses more onto the accelerator as they speed up from a standstill (or foot down on the accelerator).

Full screen navigation.

Full screen navigation.

Taking inspiration from dashboards on the market I believe it is important to have a full screen display of a map for navigation. I would want the user to be able to change the map views from satellite to road maps.

Constant visuals and interactions.

Constant visuals and interactions.

I wanted to create interesting visuals that users could interact with in a multitude of ways.

Camera recording.

Camera recording.

You could use this feature which enables the user to switch between each camera on a vehicle. This could be used to record journeys, just like standalone cameras do at the moment (this would become a built-in feature).

Sports display timer.

Sports display timer.

I wanted to create a sport display with lap times and other useful information for the driver such as the vehicles ‘bhp’ or ‘torque’. This is useful for drivers who do track days or just like to see what their car is producing.

Innovative technical display.

Innovative technical display.

I wanted to create a simple way for drivers to visualise both ‘lane assist’ and ‘blindspot assist’. The idea is simple, any vehicle that is near you, the vehicle lights up on your dashboard but also on indicators elsewhere on the vehicle. This concept could be used on an array of technical features such as traffic control or adaptive cruise control.

Easy user settings.

Easy user settings.

I want the user to be able to make almost everything about their dashboard as bespoke as possible for them. I would want to implement a simple solution that enables users to do this.

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