Scout

Revolutionizing the future of autonomous transportation

The challenge: Explore the realm of possibilities of autonomous vehicle integration within an unrestricted environment. 

The proposal: It's 2050, and Scout is an augmented reality interface for commuting vehicles to help workers mentally transition between projects and locations. Scout maps out information spatially to help users learn and remember their work. It also utilizes virtual collaboration to fill in knowledge gaps within teams.

  • When: Spring 2017, 16 weeks
  • Skills: Research, Ideation, Prototyping, UX/UI
  • Who: Partnered with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles + my team of Jesse Klein and Selena Norman. (We presented to the board of FCA - including their Senior Vice President of Design, Ralph Gilles!)

SCOUT

Remember, it's 2050. You're an architect on your way to work. You scheduled a ride last night to pick you up this morning. You will see: your schedule for the duration of the commute, information and tasks that are relevant for today's work, and a conference call with one of your co-workers.

 

Research

How does the future of work and spatial memory form a relationship? My team knew research was going to be crucial for this project. We spent approximately 8 out of 16 weeks solely dedicated to it. During this time, we synthesized literature reviews, generated research through contextual inquiries, interviews, and carried out mapping activities.

To view an overview of the research, click below. We also did weekly check-in presentations of our concepts:

 

What did we learn? At the pace of where work is heading, there will be even more of a heavy emphasis on one's occupation. We came to the conclusion that the future of work is the biggest opportunity for autonomous vehicles. Spatial memory is a golden egg for this opportunity. Taking advantage of the environment given, spatial memory can aid users with their work. We want to help people smoothly adapt to the variety of projects and skills that will make up the workplace of the future.

 

DESIGN PROCESS

How can we design for the future? Our team decided to focus on Jeep as our inspiration for our visual language. After studying the physical cars, we translated the tough yet sophisticated models into our UX language. Sketching was a vital tool to envision our project.

 
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REFLECTION

This project was a really fun, long road. (ha) The prompt was broad enough to allow us to really make this a direction we wanted. I strengthened my skills as a designer in: user research, ideating and sharing design concepts with project stakeholders, iterating on multiple interactive design solutions, and most importantly communicating my designs. For future steps, I'd like to revisit the screens, test usability, and explore the realm of the journey back home. 

 
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