I was in Detroit working with customers in late January, so I stopped by the Detroit Auto Show to take the temperature of the automobile industry in an otherwise frigid Motor City. After the show, as my rental car crawled through the ice-encrusted traffic (in what locals un-affectionately refer to as “the mixing bowl”), I mulled what I had seen.
When I heard Sonari Glinton on NPR describing the show, he nearly took the words right out of my brain:
But the real thing, actually, is sort of below the level, which is the car systems.
The coolest thing about what’s coming now is that your car in the near future is going to be like a rolling iPhone, so that, you know, the technology that we’re used to in our homes and in our offices is going to be inside your car. So you can say, oh, you and your family are going to go to Colonial Williamsburg over the summer. If you type it in on your computer at home, you’ll be able to send the directions directly to your car and your car will tell you, oh, on the way, you know, there is this great antique shop because I know that you like going antiquing. That is sort of the exciting stuff that the systems inside your car are going to mirror the other appliances that you have around your life.
Given the HMI stuff we’re working on for customers right now, he’s right on the money — except it extends far beyond the automotive industry. Exciting times for a user interface engineering company….