I try not to make negative comments about other's work. You never know the constraints and politics behind some of the decisions and it seems unfair to take pot shots from a distance.
But, this was just a concept so it doesn't seem like there was a terrible client behind this.
I can't believe anyone thinks it's a good idea to put that much interface behind a car that can do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, and has a top end in the 160 mph range.
Multiple windows? A web browser? SMS?
This is an actual quote from the description:
"It would require much more work and real life testing to make this concept ready for market, but we believe in the general approach and will continue to refine it. "
i don't this is far from usability. the resizing/moving windows are saved preferences. loading a saved layout based on driver, or better yet contextually (adaptive hierarchy, similar to ustwo's concept), would be pretty great.
agreed that a web browser's a bit much, but Tesla already has that. and most cars have SMS-functionality.
It's hard not to be critical about these designs. But you know, it's a really hard problem to solve. So, kudos to the the designers for wanting to try!
Personally, I have doubts about the touchscreen as an interface in the car. It's nice that it's so flexible, we can design any UI for it, but unless designers are willing to make targets hard-to-miss, my opinion is a touchscreen is too dangerous for a driver to use. (I'm ready for self-driving cars.) Maybe if we can get some tactile feedback. If the display had raised dots that can be created and rearranged to fit the UI, ala http://www.getphorm.com/ or something, well, that gets interesting.
Honestly,with the amount of distraction and data that an urban driver deals with on a daily basis (blinking and/or eye-catching signs, the inflatable arm waving tubes), how much more cognitive load can modern drivers handle?
Multiple windows? A web browser? SMS?
All these already exist in the actually-existing Tesla UI. I agree that there are still questions about the safety of these kinds of interfaces, but your critique falls flat: it's already being done, and people like it.
I really like the attempt and presentation of your idea. However, I would like to share the thought process I went through while I looked at it. (Please don't take this negatively)
Can I figure out the UI in less than 2 seconds? No
Can I drive the car while looking at the interface? No
Is there too much distraction colors and animations? Yes.
Is the interface too beautiful that I enjoy looking at it? Yes (That is a bad thing, I need to look at the road, not get my eyes averted to something that requires my cognition)
In times of crisis+Adrenaline rush, can I make instinctive actions? No
Browser? Wonder how many people I'd kill if I see Kim Kardashians Bum appears on my dashboard!
People die because of distractions that happen in milliseconds. They cannot text and drive / drink and drive. Humans cannot multitask for a longer period of time. Considering this is almost a supercar, this interface will bangup your car easily (worst case it could cost lives too)
Hope you take all our inputs in the comments and come up with a v2. Cheers!
FWIW, the actually existing Tesla interface already features a web browser and plenty of shiny things.
True, the browser exists as an extra function. It doesn't have/need a constant presence on screen (like a news feed). Also, just because its already there doesn't necessarily mean it is right or it should exist in a redesign. :)
It looks alot better than the one I test drove last year. The screen was top to bottom aweful. No cohesion, your eye wandered constantly, etc.
I will say that when driving it was surprisingly not that distracting. When you launch from an on-ramp to the actual highway, you can't help but smile and just go..
Also that the backup camera, being able to be turned on while driving forward, very much felt like a 007 feature.
They'll get it figured out.
One thing that did SCARE me was the ability to sit through a webinar, while driving, using the car's LTE. Really cool feature, but needs to be locked out while driving.
I've never driven a Tesla before, but just by looking at the picture it looks like having the keyboard that low and in that angle will make typing extremely uncomfortable (gorilla arm syndrome). I guess most future UI will be speech-driven anyway.