We had the awesome opportunity to be part of an ideation session focused on the soon-to-be-launched ID.Buzz. Our mission? To explore fresh avenues for its Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and onboard features, considering both B2B possibilities for companies and B2C potential for individuals. I together with my colleague had two days to come up with our suggestion.
ID.Buzz combines the retro heritage of VW with the new technologies:
What can we offer that would be valuable for businesses and individuals in terms of it's functions.
There needs to be a way how ID.Buzz clearly stands out with it's HMI functionality.
The goal was set and we had to move fast. We mapped out steps that could get to the final result smoothly.
Our journey kicked off with a deep dive into the world of Human-Machine Interface (HMI) trends within electric vehicles. Naturally, we couldn't miss the eye-catching trend of those expansive screens in every car, but a glaring issue emerged: while driving, these screens posed potential distractions and safety concerns.
Our exploration then ventured into the realm of HMI technology. We examined the current landscape and explored avenues for implementing novel solutions to enhance the user experience. Drawing insights from our investigations, we distilled our observations into five pivotal problem statements that charted our course forward:
Our exploration led us to delve into extensive research conducted by other titans in the automotive industry. Among the findings, two distinctive avenues emerged, each presenting intriguing directions. The first addressed our very challenge—how to navigate the realm of sizeable screens without compromising safety and focus. The second direction, equally captivating, arose from a unique perspective.
Given that the rapid charging of electric vehicles is still a developing arena, the time spent in stationary cars is noticeably extended. This presented a vital insight: the need to transform these moments into enjoyable and productive experiences. With this in mind, our focus shifted towards crafting a stay within the vehicle that is not just functional, but also delightful.
With drivers spending, on average, 500 hours in their cars annually, the interior and related services can be as much as a differentiator for buyers as engine size or style.
After thorough research and a comprehensive competitive analysis, we arrived at a definitive conclusion that set our path forward. Given the project's time constraints, we reached out to our colleagues to gain insights into their car-related needs and preferences. Merging their inputs with our own findings, a clear direction emerged.
Our strategy crystalised into several key points:
This collection of insights led to the creation of two distinctive personas that will guide our design journey:
These personas now take the lead in steering our design process, ensuring that our solutions are tailored to the real needs of users.
To streamline our journey, we've distilled the essence of both personas into three pivotal stages that capture their distinct needs and aspirations:
These stages crystallize the real-world needs of our personas, guiding our efforts as we design an HMI that caters to their journeys.
With a wealth of information at hand, we're ready to dive into the world of prototyping. Given the constraint of presenting just two screens, we embarked on a thoughtful exploration to encapsulate the essence of our personas' needs.
Weekend Traveler: Our focus honed in on the pit stop—charging the car. This moment proved perfect for showcasing the traveler's screen, revealing a world of recommendations for booking activities and shaping their weekend adventures.
DHL Worker: For this persona, clarity was key. We crafted a screen designed exclusively for work-related information, devoid of any extraneous clutter.
Our Approach:We began by mapping out functions on sticky notes, giving us a roadmap for our layout. Transitioning smoothly, we sketched a quick initial draft, aiming to move swiftly without getting bogged down in details.
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Weekend Traveler:Our Weekend Traveler eagerly awaiting their car to charge en route to a surfing adventure. As they sit in the car, a world of recommendations opens up:
DHL Worker:For our DHL Worker, the scene shifts to their dynamic delivery routes:
In this way, we've tailored our product to meet the unique needs of both our Weekend Traveler and DHL Worker personas.