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Industriell design/Interaktionsdesign
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The User as Interface Designer – Personalizable Vehicle User Interfaces
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The User as Interface Designer – Personalizable Vehicle User Interfaces

Opponent: Ramia Mazé, Associate Professor in Interaction Design

Time and place: 11 June 2014, 13 pm, A 1545, Campus Luleå, Luleå Univeristy of Technology

Traditionally, mass-produced products are designed to satisfy a majority of potential users, however, individual needs and preferences are not in focus. There is a trend of products that can change certain aspects in order to improve the fit to the individual user. They are, in that sense, personalizable. However, there is a lack of knowledge whether this approach can accommodate the demands of both automobile users and the traffic environment. A user-centered research through design approach is followed in order to explore the design space of personalizable vehicle user inter- faces to progress the understanding of interaction between user and system as well as to explore potential benefits with such a system. The research approach involved following a design process with different steps to get a holistic view of the matter: user needs in automobiles are explored, acceptance of new technology and the users emotional bonding to the product is studied, guidelines for in-vehicle interaction and information display design are reviewed, and finally, working system prototypes are iteratively designed and evaluated in a simulated traffic environment in order to gain knowledge on user experience and behaviour. Personalizable vehicle user interfaces have the potential to satisfy several of the identified user needs in automobiles and are predicted to be well accepted among users. Nearly all who tested a prototype version stated that they would like to have such a system in their cars and could see the usefulness of adapting the system to the user. It was generally believed among study participants that personalizable vehicle interfaces have the potential to make the best out of the drivers’ abilities and thus make driving better, safer, and more enjoy- able. No negative effects on driving performance were found, however, the long-term positive effects on traffic safety needs further study. The personalizable systems were experienced mostly in a positive manner, where functional and aesthetic approaches as well as emotional bonding with the product were found important. This knowledge can be used by vehicle designers and developers to build user interfaces that uses the full potential of computer technology in cars to facilitate safe and pleasurable vehicle interactions where the end-user get the power to take part in the design of his or her own user experience.

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