Driving the User Interface: Trends in Automotive GUIs
Today's advanced motor show concept cars demonstrators place as much emphasis on high-tech gadgetry inside as traditional outrageous body styling. Recent appearances by leading car brands have impressed audiences with large touch screens that centralize access cellphone contacts, multimedia content and social media to navigation, parking assistance and graphical vehicle diagnostics. Many of the latest mid-range cars have navigation, communication and diagnostics, while high-end brands offer connected-car applications delivering Internet and value-added services. Demands increase from legislators mandate systems aimed at improving road safety while car makers seek to connect more closely with customers through electronic value-added services.