Student Concept Vehicle: Development and Usability of an Innovative Holographic User Interface Concept and a Novel Parking Assistance System Concept
The Deep Orange program is a concept vehicle development program focused on providing hands-on experience in vehicle design, engineering, prototyping and production planning as part of students’ two-year MS graduate education. Throughout this project, the team was challenged to create innovative concepts during the ideation phase as part of building the running vehicle. This paper describes the usability studies performed on two of the vehicle concepts that require driver interaction. One concept is a human machine interface (HMI) that uses a holographic companion that can act as a concierge for all functions of the vehicle. After creating a prototype of the holographic display using existing technologies and developing a user interface controlled by hand gestures, a usability study was completed with older adults, between 68 and 89 years of age. The results suggest the input method was not intuitive.