Self-driving cars are coming. It’s a fact that every major car manufacturer and tech company is working to prepare for. So far, we’ve seen some impressive advances in the field of autonomous vehicles, but there’s still a long way to go before these vehicles become commonplace. We want these cars to be accessible and flexible, but many people still don’t understand how they work. There will be a steep learning curve for drivers and passengers alike—and it’s up to developers and designers to make this happen: we need more accessible, easy-to-use platforms and tools for how we interact with self-driving cars.”
Self-driving cars are coming.
Self-driving cars are coming. You’ve heard this before, but it’s still important to say: The technology is advancing quickly, and there’s no stopping it now. Self-driving cars will be able to drive themselves–they’ll be able to take you where you want to go, whether that’s work or home or the grocery store. This is good news for people who don’t like driving!
They’ll also be able to drive you around–or at least give the illusion of doing so. This means that if your friend wants their car back from storage before they’re ready for their next road trip, they can just call up a self-driving car service instead of having someone else drive them there (and pay them). Or maybe someone else could use their own vehicle but doesn’t have time right now? They could call up one of these same companies instead!
We want these cars to be accessible and flexible, but many people still don’t understand how they work.
You might be wondering: what will it take for self-driving cars to be just as easy to use as regular cars?
At the moment, there are a lot of people who don’t understand how they work. They’re not yet available to the general public. They’re expensive, and so many people have questions about them–about safety issues, about whether or not they’ll be left behind by technology.
But these things can change over time. As more research goes into autonomous vehicles and their technology improves, we may see them become more accessible and flexible than ever before.
There will be a steep learning curve for drivers and passengers alike.
The learning curve for self-driving cars will be steep for both drivers and passengers. For the driver, it’s a whole new way of driving–you have to learn how to let go of the wheel, because you can’t rely on your reflexes anymore. You also have to focus more on what’s happening around you, which means paying attention to things like traffic lights and pedestrians as well as other cars in front of yours (or behind).
For passengers, this means adjusting their expectations about how they get from point A to point B: they may not be able to talk on phone calls or text while riding in an autonomous vehicle; they may need extra time when booking trips; if there are multiple people traveling together who want different destinations within the same vehicle ride–for example one rider wants coffee while another wants lunch–it might require some coordination between these two riders ahead of time so that everyone gets where they need before arriving at their destination.
We need more accessible, easy-to-use platforms and tools for how we interact with self-driving cars.
Self-driving cars hold the potential to transform our lives in ways we cannot yet fully imagine. They will save lives, reduce pollution and congestion, and make travel easier for everyone. But before these benefits can be realized, self-driving cars need to become just as easy and convenient to use as regular vehicles.
To do this requires two things: better platforms that allow us to interact with self-driving cars; and more accessible tools for how we interact with them.
It’s up to developers and designers to make this happen.
There is a lot of work to do. It’s up to developers and designers to make this happen. Self-driving cars should be accessible to everyone, not just tech savvy people. They must also be simple enough for anyone who wants one but also flexible enough that they can grow with their owners as they learn more about how self-driving cars work.
The key is creating an experience that is both intuitive for the driver and comforting for the passenger
The key is creating an experience that is both intuitive for the driver and comforting for the passenger. The user interface should be easy to use, with controls that make sense in context. It should also be engaging, so that passengers don’t feel bored or frustrated by their experience while they’re in transit. The best way to achieve this goal is through gamification–making something into a game with rules that everyone can understand and enjoy playing together (e.g., “I Spy,” “Twenty Questions”).
In addition, self-driving cars will need some sort of feedback mechanism–whether visual or audible–that lets riders know what’s going on behind the scenes without distracting them from their task at hand (i.e., driving).
The future of self-driving cars is coming, and it’s going to be a big deal. We need to work together as a community to make sure that these vehicles are accessible and easy-to-use for everyone. The key is creating an experience that is both intuitive for the driver and comforting for the passenger–and there are many ways we can do this!