Linked by David Adams on Thu 3rd Mar 2016 16:15 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces

Volvo recently conducted a survey and asked consumers about their perceptions of self-driving cars. The question that stood out to me was whether a car company like Volvo or a technology company (Google, unnamed) was best positioned to bring safe self-driving cars to the market. Volvo was obviously fishing for a particular answer, and while they certainly have a vaunted reputation for technical innovation in the service of safety, I'm afraid I can't go along with the answer they're hoping for, partially because safety is only part of the story. In my opinion, no car company working alone is going to be able to produce a self-driving car with the kind of usability that consumers will expect. And for self-driving cars, usability is just as important as safety. In fact, they're inseparable.

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by ddc_ on Thu 3rd Mar 2016 23:38 UTC
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I would be perfectly fine with a self-driving car that would allow me to enter address and then point exact spot on the map. I would not even mind if it would ask me again when it finds that it can't get precisely to the point I have identified. I would love to have an interface with keyboard, trackball-like manipulator and touch (in that order of preference) input and graphical output with optional audible feedback. If I want to add a point to my route, I'd rather pick a flag on the map then have GPS suggest me something according to its understanding. Good query language is far better then good AI that pretends to understand me better then I do.

P.S.: I don't think I'll ever enter voice-operated vehicle. It is really a terrible idea: if you are not driving, it is by far easier and faster to operate the vehicle using eyes and hands. Voice interaction is too slow and too inaccurate to be worth in such case.

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