Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cellphone Inspired Car Dashboards.

Cellphones are a huge part in our everyday lives whether we notice it or not. The mobile interface has got so user friendly that top auto-manufacturer has taken a cue...
Ford has come up with a design that could become the standard dashboard layout within all their vehicles. They were inspired by familiar devices that people are accustomed in using, such as remote controls, ipods and cellphones.
One is the five-point controller - four directional arrows with a central button - on the steering wheel. Used on many electronic gadgets, it had roots in the points of the compass. Five-point controllers on the steering wheel are easily operated with the thumb, which lets drivers keep their eyes on the road. A central eight-inch screen is organized around four corners and four colors: yellow-orange for the phone, green for navigation, blue for climate control and red for entertainment. There are, mercifully, large knobs for volume and fan speed.
From the prototype model below to the production model above, you can really see the UI influence of cellphones on the dashboard and steering wheel. Looks like Ford's future is looking a bit brighter...

via gizmodo

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