Agree with most of that. I'm a bit scared of dumbing down the whole thing though. :) I do like to drive and do something else, it's not like I'm in a race or something! :lol: Driving is easy, specially at the dumb speeds we're forced to drive everywhere. I drove in France once at 100mph speeds in heavy rain - following 4 lane traffic, this sort of thing would get me arrested in CA for a long time...every little drop of rain and everybody slows to a crawl...so yeah, driving is super easy and boring, we're supposed to help make it more interesting with a carputer, RIGHT? :lol:
- Sorry, I hate icons. I do agree there's some universal icons, but they're few or useless.
Did you actually test reaction time from a button with a short word like NAV, compared to an an icon of -- wait a minute, what's the "universal nav icon really?
When you have a google maps kind of app (locate stuff, send coordinates to navigation software), a traffic app, a navigation app; how do you differentiate icons then?
I really rather see in big words, 3-5 letter words than icons anyday. I can ask some psychologist friend if he ever saw a reaction time study comparing icon x short text, but I bet the differences are negligible towards icons for some functions, but when it comes to more specific functions, I think the idea of universal icons fall short...
And it's not only about maps/nav/traffic functions. Sat radio, Internet radio (many kinds, pandora, shoutcast, webradio, lastfm), plain old FM/AM radio...what are the universal icons there? Media library, playlist, video library? Hulu, Playon, Orb, AirVideo, are they that different they couldn't benefit from a little text?
- the number of clicks to perform an action is significantly reduced (for any common task-no more then two)
- rarely used functionality is moved away from the users focus
- screen transition time, effect duration and especially load times have been significantly reduced
Sometimes it could be better for the interface to transition slower on purpose to communicate something? I like when drop down menus animate back to where the button is, as if it was contained in it. This tells me where to find that stuff again, etc. I've never seen a front end do that. Most of the times you click on something (what's this icon doing again?) and the function takes over the whole screen unexpectedly, while others open a small centered dialog box unrelated to the button position, etc.
If anything, a slow interface like that on the Keenwood video will help you get your eyes back on the road and off into the interface again...I don't know. :confused:
Interesting stuff, keep us posted!Quote:
Research is ongoing but the best way to improve driver safety is to get as many ideas and as much feedback as possible and try out some new ideas.