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10 Things About Human UI that Will Change Forever in Self-Driving Cars

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I own a car and I drive it nearly every day. Not too long from now the car will be the one driving me. How will we interact differently with cars in the future? What user interface (UI) controls can vanish? Are we going to miss them, or is it good riddance?

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10 Things About Human UI that Will Change Forever in Self-Driving Cars

  1. 1. THINGS ABOUT HUMAN UI THAT WILL change forever IN SELF-DRIVING CARS 10 Ken Tabor
  2. 2. I own a car and I drive it nearly every day. Not too long from now the car will be the one driving me. @KenTabor
  3. 3. Future Ken will still own a car, he might operate the car, but the days dedicated to humans driving are numbered. @KenTabor
  4. 4. How will we interact differently with cars in the future? What user interface (UI) controls can vanish? Are we going to miss them, or is it good riddance? @KenTabor
  5. 5. It’s going to feel very different being a passenger in the driver’s seat! @KenTabor
  6. 6. Headlamps, turn indicators, and brake lights are completely unnecessary. They signal intended movement choices between human drivers. There’s no reason having signal lights when computers control cars. They’re antiquated leftovers from obsolete biological visual systems (aka “eyeballs.”) 1. Turning off Signals @KenTabor
  7. 7. 2. Love an Extra Glovebox There’s no need for a space-hogging steering wheel in a self-driving car. Get rid of it! Reclaim all of that space as storage for the primary operator. Keep all the snacks and sun-glasses you want! Scratch that. Give me a shelf for my laptop. Offer a power connection. Activate wifi. Turn the car into the ultimate docking station for my laptop/tablet/phone. @KenTabor
  8. 8. 3. Treating Windows Windows are a traditional, vital, user interface. Unobstructed views allow human drivers to see where they’re going. We won’t be needing those anymore. Decorate your windows! Your living room has shades, curtains, or shutters. Bring that personal style into cars. Make the windows stained glass and beautiful! Do we even need big sheets of glass surrounding the car? Let’s make them touch-screens instead. @KenTabor
  9. 9. 4. Gauging Interest Speed, RPMs, engine heat, and other dashboard gauges are obsolete when people stop driving. Figure out what’s useful to human riders. Show more of that! Actionable info: “Are we there yet?”, “Does my car need a charge?”, “What’s interesting nearby?” Lead with a consumer-grade user experience! @KenTabor
  10. 10. 5. Car Seating Power seats contribute to a fantastic UX. They have deep configuration for your comfort. Move forward and backward, tilt up and down, and adjust the angle. Include turning the seat clockwise. When I’m in “the driver's seat” of a self-driving car I want to spin around. Then I can fully engage passengers in the backseat. Human-centered design for the win! @KenTabor
  11. 11. 6. Stalking Control Stalks. Two arms sticking out of the steering wheel. They lift up and drop down. Pull forward and push backward. Ends turn around. Always partially obstructed, and at times totally out of view. Littered by icons requiring interpretation, and small text demanding concentration. UI overload! UX fail! Get rid of stalks. We’ll never miss the dozen horrible micro-interactions. @KenTabor
  12. 12. 7. Holding the Cup Water, coffee, sodas - we drink plenty sitting in cars. You can never have too many cup holders. Most cars have a few low in the center. Where they can’t be a distraction. Raise them up. Feature them. Right at eye level within reach. Fit a lot more than just a cup: electric razor, cellphone, eye liner, toothbrush. Stuff we want! @KenTabor
  13. 13. 8. Unsticking Gear Sticks I owned a 350Z. It was manual and shifting through its gears was a blast. Eventually I traded it in for an automatic. Why in the world does it have a gear stick? Exchange the stick for two buttons. One labeled “forward”, and one labeled “backward.” Let it go into park when I stop and turn off the car. @KenTabor
  14. 14. 9. Considering the Center You’ll find a floor-mounted console between the front seats. It serves to divide driver and passenger while providing modest storage. Rip it out! I want the space back when my car drives itself. I’ll gain leg room so I can swivel around and talk to people riding in the back seat. @KenTabor
  15. 15. 10. Chasing that Feeling We’re in a car culture. People grow up with them, buy them, customize, and name them. Saying goodbye to human-driven automobiles will be difficult. Gear-heads might get their need for speed at private driving reserves. Members-only clubs could offer the thrill of old-school driving: dirt bikes, ATVs, Jeeps, snowmobiles. Open-air and dangerous? Yes please! @KenTabor
  16. 16. What will we call the next generation of cars? Automobiles! They’ll continue being mobile, and even more automatic. ƞ @KenTabor
  17. 17. Where will our first autonomous-only town be? Who will forbid human driven cars? For the safety of families! @KenTabor
  18. 18. Ages for operating self-driving cars will open up. Children as young as eight, and seniors well past retirement, can navigate a clean computer interface. @KenTabor
  19. 19. Humans traveling in self-driving cars will choose touch screen over voice control. Passengers want to talk with one another, listen to music, or silently work. @KenTabor
  20. 20. Your self-driving car will pick you up curbside and that’s fantastic. How to recognize it from all the others? Design it! Choose its color and style matching your personality. @KenTabor
  21. 21. It’s going to feel very different being a passenger in the driver’s seat! What do you think? @KenTabor
  22. 22. Get More from Me @KenTabor speaking@KatWorksGames.com blog.KatWorksGames.com Click`em! KensCodeShirts.com

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