Archive for the ‘automotive’ category

2012 HMI Report is now available from Telematics Update

March 14th, 2012

Telematics Update, the reference point for telematics, mobile and web industries and a cornerstone for communications within the automotive industry, has just released their 2012 Human Machine Interface Report: “Develop a Winning HMI Strategy for the Connected Car to Enhance User Experience and Create Product Differentiation”.

Altia’s User Experience Director, Steve Tengler, sat down with Andrew Tolve, Deputy Editor at Telematics Update, to talk about the difficulties that telematics suppliers and OEMs face when differentiating their brand in the HMI market. Click the link to hear what Steve has to say about balancing software development cycles with design to build a unique and successful HMI business model.

The HMI Report will address this topic and others related to HMI, including:

  • HMI Market Forecasts to 2016
  • Leading OEMs Do’s & Don’ts
  • Mitigating Driver Distraction
  • Regulatory Trends
  • HMI and Connected Car Technology Roadmap

Dave McNamara, former Advanced Infotainment Systems Manager at Ford and report author (with more than 30 years of experience in this field) collected data from an impressive collection of automotive OEMs and suppliers, including Ford, Honda, Volvo, Toyota, Panasonic, Delphi, OnStar, Altia and more to compile the latest information on HMI design, implementation, driver distraction, legislation and market trends. The report will also include detailed case studies from Apple, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Garmin and others.

For more information, visit the 2012 HMI Report Page from Telematics Update.

Webinar – Usability: Design for the Novice or the Expert?

March 6th, 2012

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Usability: Design for the Novice or the Expert?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
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Building user interfaces that appropriately fit the needs of different audiences can be difficult. How do you present all the available functionality and depth and keep the design simple and intuitive at the same time? User experience professionals typically boil it down to one simple question — should I design for the Novice or the Expert?

Steve Tengler, Altia’s User Experience Director, will use research, best practices, and his 20+ years in the usability field to dig into this exact question during our upcoming 30 minute webinar. Register now to learn and share in a discussion about:

  • The uncentered design of today
  • Designing for the Novice
  • Key considerations about “for whom do you design?”
  • Building effective use cases

Whether you are a Novice or Expert to user interface development, we invite you to join us for this important event!

Design Webinar Q&A – MATLAB Stateflow Integration

February 22nd, 2012

*** On February 14th, one of our Senior HMI Developers, Brian Stewart, presented a training webinar entitled “Altia Design 101: Ready, Set, GUI!”. The webinar showed how to build user interface projects from start to finish. Brian also included a live demo of building an automotive user interface using our GUI tools. This post features a question asked by an attendee.

QUESTION: Is it possible to integrate the MATLAB Stateflow with Altia Design?

Brian: Yes! We have a demo to do just that with all the files you need. Just email info@altia.com for that demo. Make sure to tell us where you are from and that you saw the webinar.

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To watch a recorded video of the webinar, shoot us an email to info@altia.com so we can send you a download link. To attend future webinars, check our blog regularly for updates:www.altia.com/blog 

Design Webinar Q&A – Versions of Altia Software

February 22nd, 2012

*** On February 14th, one of our Senior HMI Developers, Brian Stewart, presented a training webinar entitled “Altia Design 101: Ready, Set, GUI!”. The webinar showed how to build user interface projects from start to finish. Brian also included a live demo of building an automotive user interface using our GUI tools. This post features a question asked by an attendee.

QUESTION: What version of Altia Design are you using to build the GUI? What is the latest version of the Altia Design UI tools?

Brian: This is Altia Design 10.1 which came out in December of 2011. Altia Design 10 included tons of new features like vectors, blur, classing, and the ever-powerful navigator. Here’s a link to read about the newest features: Altia Design 10.1 

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To watch a recorded video of the webinar, shoot us an email to info@altia.com so we can send you a download link. To attend future webinars, check our blog regularly for updates: www.altia.com/blog 

Cool Automotive Interfaces showcased in USA Today

February 16th, 2012
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The front page of the Money Section in today’s issue of USA TODAY featured an article highlighting the growing virtual cluster world for automotive OEMs. The article entitled “Cars’ instrument panels become more like video games” mentions several projects that feature Altia products. Great to see our handy work in action. To read the article, click here. And to find out exactly which of the cars mentioned feature UIs from Altia, email us.

 

 

 

Altia’s User Experience Director published on Mashable

February 9th, 2012

Mashable featured an article written by our very own Steve Tengler. The article is a great overview about the challenges and opportunities for automotive companies as they push for connected vehicles. Great job, Steve!

Click here to read the article. 

2012 Detroit Auto Show

January 30th, 2012

A few belated photos and thoughts from the Detroit Auto Show. We had lots of our user interface / embedded projects featured by OEMs at this year’s show. Driver clusters and information displays, as well as TFT touchscreen center consoles. We wanted to show off a cool booth featuring Dodge’s new midsize car, the 2013 Dart. The booth featured a car interior (called the “uconnect”) with a large display showcasing the driver cluster above.

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2013 Dodge Dart

2013 Dodge Dart

Ford to open Silicon Valley lab

January 30th, 2012

Ford Motor Co. is the latest automaker to open a research lab in Silicon Valley, where it hopes to scout out new technology and keep ahead of trends. Auto makers have shown a penchant towards technology, especially following the big launches at January’s Detroit Auto Show. Many new models featured embedded touchscreen systems with slick user experiences.

Ford plans to open the lab near Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., in the first few months of this year. It will employ around 15 people, including some recruited locally and others who will rotate in from Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn.

See the full article here. 

Altia Sponsors the 2012 Motorcity Automotive Industry Night

January 10th, 2012
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Steve Tengler, Gary Greenwood, Janan Darancou and Daniel Darancou, Chief Designer of CH Auto Technology Corporation, discussing the future of automotive design at the 2012 MAIN Event. (January 8, 2012)

The 2012 MAIN Event welcomes auto execs and celebrates student automotive concepts

On Sunday, January 8, Altia joined Ford Motor Company, Inteva Products, Dassault Systems, Navistar and many others in sponsoring the 2012 Motorcity Automotive Industry Night Event – the MAIN Event – at the Coach Insignia restaurant at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

This event welcomed automotive professionals from all over the world to celebrate the eve of the North America International Auto Show – as well as showcase student projects from Lawrence Technological University’s Transportation Design Program. The evening also included a keynote address from Bob Lutz — automotive business legend with a resume that includes executive roles at General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler and BMW – as well as a Fotoula Lambros fashion show.

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The ‘Lorax’ of Driver Distraction – In Connected World Mag

January 10th, 2012

Our User Experience Director, Steve Tengler, recently had an article published in Connect World magazine about Driver Distraction- a prevelant theme in the arena of automotive technology. How do you create cutting-edge interfaces for drivers, but minimize the amount of time their eyes aren’t on the road.  In one of his past nine lives, he ran the Global HMI development team at OnStar, as well as had posts at Nissan, Ford, and Visteon. Nice article, Steve!

http://connectedworldmag.com/10_2_magazinearticle.aspx?id=MAZ0111222110440810

Source: http://connectedworldmag.com/10_2_magazinearticle.aspx?id=MAZ0111222110440810