Autonome Fahrzeuge bieten die Chance althergebrachte Designkonzepte komplett zu überdenken. Warum also nicht das Lenkrad nur mit einem Finger bedienen?
How do you drive a self-driving car? Why would you drive a self-driving car? It’s a paradox. When a robot takes the wheel, the human driver becomes inherently secondary–so much so that Google was the first of many more companies to remove the wheel in self-driving cars altogether. In Google’s mind, it was always a matter of safety, because if people believe a robot driver could take over at any moment, they won’t drive as carefully.
But maybe there’s a halfway controller–not a wheel, but something to give the driver of tomorrow a feeling of influence over the direction of their own vehicle, if not full control.
Scribble is just that. A prototype built by master’s student Felix Ros, it’s a one-fingered haptic controller that sits by your gear shift (coincidentally, the same spot MAP Project Office designed its own future car controller for, too).
Like a joystick for your index finger, you can “draw” your way through traffic, telling the car to change lanes around a slow driver, a sudden onslaught of potholes, or a road worker. The car doesn’t respond immediately like a steering wheel, but it queues the plan into its navigation, to be executed safely with the flow of traffic. In the meantime, a screen shows your drawing amidst a real-time display of the vehicles around you, so you know your car is listening to you–the master and commander of pavement.