14 Potential Research and Design Opportunities
- To inform
satellitenavigation interface design, a study could be conducted to understand how different people recognise and memorise route information. Workshops could be held where participants would be challenged to find their way to an unfamiliar destination using only maps which they would produce after briefly referencing Google maps before leaving. This could lead to useful insights hand drawn ofpeople’s mapping ability.
- As people’s views on ownership change new models emerge and we see a shift towards a sharing economy. An exploration into the barriers that prevent or reasons that encourage people to use vehicle-sharing services could be conducted. Research into how friends and neighbourhood communities share vehicles could be carried out in order to develop scenarios and user case studies to support the design of future vehicles.
- To encourage the move towards circular and sharing economies an investigation into how vehicle owners, who may want to keep their current vehicle could upgrade physical components, technological functions and apps. Exploring the challenges and possibilities of new services like these could help automotive companies participate in a circular and shared economy.
- Considering parking restrictions in cities and special user needs, such as disabilities, research could be conducted in order to design seamless journeys that offer door-to-door solutions in owned or shared vehicles. Investigating social networks might play an indispensable role in developing this, including peripheral services, such as apps for spotting an easy-to-access parking space.
- A study could be conducted into
autonomousvehicle and human operation systems with a focus on giving control back to users. Before autonomous vehicles become ubiquitous and legislation is changed, users’ will still have to make critical decisions overriding driverless technology. Practical research subjects might include; how end-users might want to control the car when a high level of autonomy is available and how user behaviour might change from one level of autonomy to the next.
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