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Combining mobile technology and mobile interface design with automotive technology can improve the driving experience, while reducing the state of driver to mobile device dysfunction. Currently there are wide spread publicity about the dangers of texting or emailing while driving. Engaging in these activities while operating a vehicle can easily lead to information overload, causing dysfunction for the driver.
However, smart phones, have seen vast improvements over the past six years. These improvements have also allowed the reintroduction of tablet devices, such as Apple’s Ipad and Android Tablets. These large screen devices allow for new modes of interaction.
Versatile Driving Interface (VDI), is a mobile application created for a tablet device that will explore modes of interaction and communication between driver, mobile tablet device and car; in the context of driving. The application will combine shared functions between the tablet and the vehicle, such as music, temperature and navigation. Additionally it will interface wirelessly with discreet functions of the vehicle; such as windows, mirrors, trunk, doors, gas lid., etc. The application will also receive information from the vehicles diagnostic port, giving it access to a wealth of realtime vehicle information. Through this shared information tips can be given to the driver, depending on the state of the vehicle.
VDI will also serve as a drivers mobile profile, storing their preferences of seating arrangements, music choices, contacts and directions. The driving mobile profile stored in VDI, will allow drivers to travel with their mobile tablet devices and interact with functions of other vehicles.
Currently, there is no single mobile/automotive application on the market using this mix of tablet, car, physical and software connections. VDI is a concept that will explore those possible connections and attempt to provide a better driving experience.