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Caleb Kraft
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so many buttons!
Caleb Kraft   8/28/2013 10:53:49 AM
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Many of these just seem so cluttered and overly complicated. I hope that we can cut down on the button explosion and start moving towards more ellegant and intuitive designs.

I rode in the ModelS, and while they have cut down on the clutter with that giant screen, the screen itself is quite ugly. I think they may be on the right track though, it just needs som erefinement.

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Re: so many buttons!
junko.yoshida   8/28/2013 11:41:57 AM
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Exactly, Caleb. That (and giagantic display in Tesla's model S) was my original impedus to look into this.

 

junko.yoshida
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UI battle between carmakers and CE vendors?
junko.yoshida   8/28/2013 11:45:37 AM
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One of the things that came to my attention in researching this topic was that carmakers are actually under tremendous pressure to keep up with advancements of UIs in smartphones and tablets.

Leveraging what CE vendors have already learned in their UI technology for automotive makes sense -- and yet, I think using gestures or handwriting for automotive dashboards is a bit of a stretch.

 

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Re: UI battle between carmakers and CE vendors?
Caleb Kraft   8/28/2013 11:52:02 AM
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Yeah, the one with handwriting recognition seemed pretty silly to me. we need someone to do basically what apple did when they put out the click wheel. Something that is intuitive and simple. I have no idea what that is though. If I did, I'd be doing that for a living!

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Re: UI battle between carmakers and CE vendors?
Sanjib.A   8/28/2013 12:10:34 PM
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What about doing more on speech recognition, doing more on the in-car system understanding from the voice commands? Rather than touch, jesture, doing more UI design with the voice commands for cars?

Caleb Kraft
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Re: UI battle between carmakers and CE vendors?
Caleb Kraft   8/28/2013 12:43:46 PM
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Voice seems like it could work well. I think people have tried it in the past but it was always not quite functional enough. With google's new stuff and Apples Siri, it seems like it is coming up more and more. I think some vague gestures might be nice too.

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Re: UI battle between carmakers and CE vendors?
junko.yoshida   8/28/2013 1:09:07 PM
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Voice is now showing up often in many new automotive models. That's I think becoming almost a given.

What's fascinating to me, however, is that automakers are trying to emulate much of the touch screen experience that consumers are already familiar.

Call me old-fashioned, but I miss my knobs! Not too many, but a few knobs and buttons would make me feel more secure! 

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Automotive UIs su**
cpetras991   8/28/2013 1:16:58 PM
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So we've got two cars with multi-function displays.  A '12 VW Jetta and a '13 Nissan Xterra.  I'll be nice and say that the user interfaces (UI) suck.  They really need to get some human factors people involved... maybe even avionics interface designers.

The radio interface for the Jetta is this arc of bubbles labeled with numbers (1, 2, 3, ...) for the presets.  If a preset is selected, then and only then does it display what channel its set too.  The Nissan radio interface is six buttons labeled 1 thru 6, that resides in the upper left corner of the display (lots of unused black space), again with no clue as to whats programmed behind them.  The buttons are sized about as big as the tip of my little finger.

The NAV/MAP is cumbersome also.  You'd think they'd take some lessons from the stand alone nav devices life Garmin, etc.

There is other functionality, but its hard to learn when driving down the road.  Expecting people to sit in their driveway and work through all the button combinations is absurd.

Don't they do usability labs and focus groups?

Caleb Kraft
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Re: UI battle between carmakers and CE vendors?
Caleb Kraft   8/28/2013 1:20:24 PM
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Tactile interfaces like knobs and buttons can be learned and used without looking. In a car, this seems essential. with touch screen interfaces it is literally required that the user focus on the display for every single interaction. That doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

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Good, Bad and Ugly UIs
junko.yoshida   8/28/2013 1:24:29 PM
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@cpetras991, thanks for your comments here. I think we can officially open a thread here about good, bad and ugly UIs you encountered in your cars (or cars you have driven). 

Let it rip!

I want to compile a new list and slideshow!

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