To spark a conversation around the big questions that come with the fast-approaching world of autonomous vehicles, we set about to create a tangible artifact from the near future: a manual for the self-driving car.
In this collaboration with the design consultancy Near Future Laboratory, we used a seemingly counterintuitive research strategy (creating the user manual to a nonexistent car) to speculate on how interaction design will meet the new challenges posed by self-driving automobiles. We wanted to dig into the details, discussing the known topics and discovering new questions about the unknown.
Our design brief:
“Represent the features, attributes, characteristics, and behaviors of the self-driving car and its requisite ‘ecosystems’ through the vehicle's Quick Start Guide.”