Vehicle UIs of the Future Are Going to Be Amazing

The state of UI design in most vehicles today is widely criticized for being unintuitive, outdated, and aesthetically unappealing. Car manufacturers have been slow to implement the quality of design that other industries assume as standard. As a result, many designers have taken on this opportunity to speculate how the future of vehicle UIs will change our driving experiences.

There are more developments in the automotive industry seemingly every day. So much so in fact that the car industry predicts more change in the next two decades than it saw in the previous century. Therefore, cutting edge digital designers should focus their attentions towards this critical industry. So, what will be the future of vehicle UIs? Can they fundamentally change our relationships to our cars?

The following is a curated collection of beautiful and futuristic Vehicle HUDs (Head Up Displays), Interactive UIs, and third party app controllers created by different designers from around the world. Some of the designs are captured from live products, and some are still in development.

Tesla Mobile Control Centre Prototype

Why it’s amazing:

Have you ever felt the paranoia in wondering whether or not you’ve locked your car doors, switched off the lights, or handed over your keys to your teen who has just learned to drive.

This mobile app prototype lets you check all of this without having to budge from your seat. Have a diesel hybrid? You can even start up the engine while you eat breakfast to get the frost off. As for sensory feedback, the intuitive animations and transitions let you know when an action is executed and completed.

Onboard Touch Control UI

Why it’s amazing:

This UI looks at a universal control model driven by muscle memory using touch gestures. The number of fingers on a surface and their movements trigger actions, as made standard by Apple’s iPad, magic mouse, and other operating systems. In this case, movements increase or decrease values.

The UI removes the need to memorize all of the little controls and extensive iconography library, thus allowing you to use the same gesture, or its variants, to accomplish multiple tasks within different categories.

You can view the entire case study and get to try out the prototype here.

Tesla Dashboard Interface Concept

Why it’s amazing:

Vehicles will become smarter as utilities share more of the same spaces, and functions become increasingly interconnected. With these developments, the data put out in front of us may become overwhelming, as it did for our phones and anything else that was ever meant to be a single function device. It should only be natural that we have some control over what we see and how we see it. AI and machine learning will take control of intuition, and this Bureau Oberhaeuser prototype does an excellent job of bringing it all to light.

You can view the case study and see it in action here.

Remote Vehicle Health Test and Control.

Credit: Ramotion

Why it’s amazing:

It’s only getting harder to pick up a wrench and clank away under the hood when things seem to be going awry with your vehicle. With all of the systems becoming electronic, computerized, and covered to look pristine, pre-empting where the faults are isn’t so intuitive. This mobile prototype interprets the health data of your vehicle in a language you understand to let you make the necessary repairs before embarking on your coast-to-coast road trip.

Tire Pressure and Climate UI

Credit: Ryan Duffy

Why it’s amazing:

When conducting on-the-go tire pressure checks this interface will let you know individual pressure ranges and exactly how much to top up by. This interface provides such fundamental feedback that it should come stock standard.

Hudway Augmented Reality Heads Up Display

Credit: Hudway app

Why it’s amazing:

It goes without saying that drivers should keep their heads up on the road, but inbuilt mobile navigation interfaces still lead to occasional accidents when drivers look to their phones for directions. The Hudway app makes it easy to power the second screen experience into your windshield. Glass is the surface of the future, and this navigation app takes advantage of that real estate to give the driver an extension of his mobile, along with turn-by-turn voice prompts.

You can view a case study and get to see it in action here