Facebook in your car? You’re kidding, right?
I got this reaction a lot when I would begin to tell people about my research project at Fjord this summer. Most people weren’t too keen on the idea that facebook was coming to a dashboard near you, and that soon the “simple” task of driving was going to be overrun with status updates, comments and friends poking you while you’re trying to make that next turn.
The problem is that apps like Facebook are already in the car because they’re on your phone. So why do people still use their phone when their cars already offer some level of integration?
After researching the connected car space, I picked a simple Facebook action – updating your status – and explored interaction design scenarios that maximized the potential of touch screens, voice, or gestural input models.