Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Apr 2014 20:09 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces

There's certainly some hope on the horizon with Apple and Google, though just how good these systems will be remains to be seen. One thing is clear, though: the current state of all in-car experiences is incredibly bad. For those manufacturers looking to go it alone, I don't expect much.

In-car software is absolutely horrifying and crazy complex. A good friend of mine regularly drives brand new and super-expensive cars (in the hundreds of thousands of euros category), and even in those cars, the user interfaces are just terrible. There's a lot of room for improvement and disruption here.

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safety?
by project_2501 on Fri 11th Apr 2014 21:16 UTC
project_2501
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2006-03-20

Is it me or does the idea of safe driving and complex counter-intuitive attention seeking UI's in cars not go together?

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RE: safety?
by woegjiub on Fri 11th Apr 2014 21:22 in reply to "safety?"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

It seems like the entire idea of using touchscreens is likely to reduce attention placed on the road.

These interfaces *need* to be tactile, otherwise you're not going to be able to manipulate them without taking your eyes off the road.

The shitty UIs exaserbate this problem by orders of magnitude - hunting to point & click can kill you and other people here.

Even the best touchscreen interface is no good in this context, though.

Let's say it's cold out, and your windshield has started to fog up. If you can't just get the fan going quickly, you're looking away from an increasingly obscured view, which will take time to adapt back to.
It's a recipe for disaster.

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RE[2]: safety?
by WorknMan on Fri 11th Apr 2014 21:46 in reply to "RE: safety?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

These interfaces *need* to be tactile


I'd argue the same holds true for mp3 players. Most of them were ruined when they copied the touch interface of the iCrap devices, and became impossible to navigate when they were in your pocket, so they were pretty much useless when working out. And that's about the only use I had for them.

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