We present Dash Designer: a mixed-reality design tool for vehicle interiors. The tool consists of a tablet and projector that can be used to create and organize new interactive components for vehicle dashboards. A user can use a freehand sketching interface to draw a new interactive element on the tablet, and a simple set of gestures to motion the created item onto a real dashboard. A simple interface is provided to connect the created components to vehicle data published by an integrated driving simulator. The system is currently a work in progress, and future work will include integration with real vehicle dashboards, autonomous vehicles, and support for participatory design sessions.
This is a little tool I worked on back in 2014 as my first project at CU-ICAR. It was presented as a work in progress at AutomotiveUI ’14 in Seattle. Here’s a link to the paper in the proceedings. If you want a copy, feel free to e-mail me.
Dash Designer lets you draw control elements on a tablet and then “swipe” them to a dashboard screen, where the control elements may be adjusted with gestures using a Leap Motion. It’d be interesting to revisit this with the new breed of VR controllers. The control elements may then be interfaced with a simulator. I don’t remember what we used in the video below, but we eventually also integrated it with Assetto Corsa.