Volkswagen Electronic Research Laboratory, Palo Alto, USA
AUDI, Ingolstadt, DE
Stanford University, USA
Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), Potsdam, DE
HFF Potsdam Babelsberg, Potsdam, DE
ME310 is an international design class run by the mechanical engineering department of Stanford University. A diverse team of students from leading universities around the globe tackle "real world" design innovation challenges, which are brought forth by global corporations. The course is not only a great basis for working out professional design processes, but also the best preparation for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary team work. Throughout one academic year I was part of the German-US American team working for AUDI. Our task was to design a future version of a luxury car manual.
Through many prototypes, user tests and reiterations we developed a fully functioning interactive manual: the Audi Assist. It combines an integrated touch screen, running step-by-step instructions to the car's features, several embedded sensors which track the driver's hands – and it reacts context-aware to the vehicle state and driver dynamics. One of our ideas has recently been implemented into an iPhone application by AUDI. Also, the prototype vehicle was shipped from Stanford to AUDI in Ingolstadt, Germany.
Final Presentation Poster
programming customized software inside the car
more hardware inside the car
AUDI ASSIST system overview