Tesla Autopilot: Level 5 Autonomous Car Control App
Since I'm such a coffee lover, every time I visited Venice beach, I tried to stop by ‘groundwork coffee’ which is well-known for the best coffee in the local area. However, due to lack of parking space, I failed to walk in everytime I visited. I imagined it would be nice if my car could drive around the town for like 15 minutes by himself while I’m getting coffee. More than that, what if my car could go charge, go park or get maintenance service by himself when it’s needed? I thought these imaginary features of the level 5 autonomous car are very feasible enough in the near future thus I decide to make an app that users can control their level 5 autonomous Tesla like as their personal driver or personal assistant.
By 2019, Tesla drivers would be able to sleep in Tesla. Musk one-upped that a few months later, vowing to demonstrate level 5 autonomous, cross-country trip in a Tesla by the end of 2017. This Tesla Autopilot Mobile App makes possible for the users to control their future level 5 autonomous Tesla, treating him as user’s personal driver and assistant.
Based on the brand research I came out with 5 keywords for this project which were Middle-aged, Luxurious, Elegant, Progressive and Sophisticated. Then set the 3 main design principles for this project which were Accessible, Luxurious and Intuitive. I focused on making user interfaces perceivable, operable, and understandable for people with a wide range of abilities and different ages, also preserving the same level of luxury quality with the Tesla brand.
To build more strutted intuitive UX system for users, it was imperative to calculate where the tabs and gestures should happen. Throughout experiments and research, I came out with a one hand use comfort zone system for iPhone X and applied it to the Tesla Autopilot Mobile App UX/UI Design by making essential buttons and gestures happen in the comfort zone.
To build the brand consistency, I used monochromatic gray color scheme which conveys the elegant and luxury atmosphere of Tesla. Also for the brand's icon system, I took the curved edges of the Tesla logotype as the foundation. The icons are drawn in a single expressive line with breaks that help abstract the forms and keep the overall atmosphere of the Tesla logotype.
To enhance security and convenience of the application, The Tesla autopilot app lets the user log in to his/her account throughout Face ID authentication system. If it fails, it will offer another option to log in with registered email address and password.
When the user first installed the app, the user can add their own Tesla by scanning the barcode from the car or type in the necessary information. The user can add multiple teslas to the system if he/she owns more than one autonomous Tesla and they can give nicknames to each of the cars. After the registration, the user can choose the car he/she wants to control throughout this Tesla mobile app.
The user can request their own Tesla anytime anywhere. The user will be asked to input the pickup address and destination with the specific arrival time. Setting pickup arrival time is optional. User’s car will respond to the request immediately after user press request button unless he/she set the pickup time.
On the home screen, the car’s current location and current status will be shown in three different colors, red (Not available), green (Available) and blue (On duty). The map lets the user check their car ’s location and how far it is away from the user’s current location. Also, it offers the user to check the 360-degree live video of the car so the user can check its current location, situation and surrounding environment regularly.
On the top of the side menus, necessary information of the car with current location address stays appear. There are five submenus, profile, autopilot, controls, charging and services. Below those submenus, the app lets a user add short keys up to 6 to enhance the convenience to access.
When the car arrives at the destination, the user can give an order to the vehicle to either stand by near the user’s location, go charge if needed, or let the car find the nearest parking lot and go park himself. The user can set the maximum distance that the car can hang around while waiting or set return time to pick the user up and start the next trip.
The app allows the user to control the car remotely. The user can control the interior climate of the vehicle, doors, lights and driving mode. Especially in the driving mode control page, the user can set the maximum speed that the car can go.