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Self Driving Car Dashboard Concept

A short concept project for an automotive job interview.

Final Dashbboard Render

Prompt

"We’re 10 years in the future and autonomous vehicles have become the main mode of transportation. An autonomous car company has hired you to design a new digital experience for a car dashboard."

Inspiration

I wanted to read about how people were thinking about potential use cases for self driving cars before I would begin to think about what the inside of the car is used for. If I could identify a could use case I could base the dashboard project around that one use case.

Autonomous Valet Parking
Autonomous Valet Parking

"The driver saves the time of finding a parking spot as well as of walking to/from a remote parking spot. In addition, access to the vehicle is eased (spatially and temporally). Additional parking space is used more efficiently and search for parking is arranged more efficiently.” Source: Autonomous Valet Parking

Autonomous Vehicle On Demand
Autonomous Vehicle On Demand

"The driving robot drives the vehicle autonomously in all scenarios with occupants, with cargo, but also completely without any payload. The driving robot makes the vehicle available at any requested location. Passengers use the travel time completely independently for other activities than performing the driving task. The cabin is designed completely independently from any restrictions of a driver workplace whatsoever." Source: Autonomous Vehicle On Demand

Direction

I decided that the best dashboard I could visualize was for an autonomous car getting onto a highway and ramping up speed. Here are the steps I planned to visualize:

Highway fast travel use case flow
Highway fast travel use case flow

User Interface

I needed to sketch icons and screens out to decide on UI elements that meet the needs of the highway fast travel use case.

Essential screen elements
Essential screen elements
Arrows, Icons, and Travel States
Arrows, icons, colors, and travel states
Element arrangements and changing modes
Element arrangements and changing modes
Overall panel shape
Overall panel shape

Wireframes

After sketching my ideas out I put together some wireframes to help visualize what this dashboard could look like.

On highway screen and option to fast travel
On highway screen and option to fast travel
Fast travel selected and lane merge
Fast travel selected and lane merge
Fast travel screen state
Fast travel screen state

Compositions

Finally after pulling together all the elements of each screen state in wireframes, I crafted some realistic color compositions.

Default highway screen
Option to fast travel
Fast travel pressed
Changing / merging lanes
Fast travel active state

Summary

All that remained was to sketch out the interior view of what a rider would see from the inside of their self driving car and overlay one of the compisitions to finish off the concept.

Final Dashbboard Render