Automotive UI/UX Work

Multiple projects from my time with Wendy Ju at Stanford’s Center For Design Research (CDR). 2015-2016

I spent over a year working at Stanford in Wendy Ju’s Center for Design Research (CDR) and the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL). There I was involved in a number of projects where I was asked to design interactions between people and vehicles of all levels of autonomy.

Here are a few pieces of work from my time there:

Adaption app

I designed and worked with software engineers to build an app to serve as a research platform for the lab. The app aimed to understand the differences in driving styles between people over periods of time using the sensors common in any smart phone. My personal interest was into how a piece of smart software (or autonomous car of the future) might give feedback to drivers in non-inflammatory and constructive ways.

See more details about this project here. Contact me for the password at:
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Research paper investigating human trust in automation, showing my dashboard designs.

UI/UX design for published research.

My primary role whilst at Stanford was to help design and build interfaces and user experiences to enable research in the lab. An example of this is the interface I designed and built (below) to enable published research by David Miller et al. into trust in automation. As well as designing a flexible interface that could be used in a 45 minute research study, I worked on implementing it using the Altia design software that controlled the lab’s simulator.

Click here to read the paper.

Dashboard redesign for use in the 360 degree driving simulator used in the lab.

Design guidelines.

I also took on my own self directed research into the design strategies for autonomous dashboard interfaces. I conducted a study in which I designed 24 short interaction sketches (example below) that implemented varying levels of information display and design frameworks. The aim was to better understand how different demographics repsonded to different types of interfaces. The goal was to help build a set of design guidelines to be used by designers in the automotive industry.

Automotive dashboard design concepts that were used for testing with 400+ research participants.

© Hamish Tennent 2017