During my course in Studio6b, led by Sagi Shrieber, I was required to think of a problem that I face every day in a known app or in mobile OS and design a solution.
I’m a motorcycle driver with a headset installed in my helmet, which allows me to talk with people who call me while I drive. Another part of the problem is the fact that I use “Waze”, the most popular navigating app in Israel, during my daily drive, which helps me avoid traffic jams and notifies me when I need to turn when I’m driving to new places. Up to here, everything sounds good, but if you’re an iPhone user like me, you will get into trouble when you get a call while you are navigating to a new place – your navigating screen will change to this screen:
Every good product requires an extensive research process that generates useful information from our potential users. The first step to achieve the solution was testing people have iPhones and use “Waze” regularly and ask them questions that will help me see the big picture.
My question was “What do you need your iPhone to provide during your drive?”.
The answers I got were clear. Everybody mentioned the same 3 things: Calls, music & navigation. These answers helped me see the big picture and find the solution.
APPLE DRIVING MODE
The main screen of Driving Mode was created based on the results of research I conducted on potential users, and is comprised of 3 sections:
Favorite Friends – Each one of the circles contains an image of a close friend or family member and allows us to call him with a simple touch. Another way we can utilize the favorite friends feature is through voice activation, by simply telling the device to call friend 1-6.
Favorite Music – A preselected playlist will play based on the profile the user had chosen before his drive (work commute, driving with the family etc).
Navigation – Opens our preferred navigation up via a slider.
In the settings area, the user will be able to manage different profiles and customize them for different driving scenarios.
Each profile can have its own playlist, favorite navigation app or favorite friends. A user driving to work would most likely want his profile to have his colleagues on his favorite friends and his family and friends for his drive back home.
In addition to being to call selected friend quicker, the user can also set up who can’t call him through 2 different options:
1. Only allow my favorite friends to call me
2. Anyone can call me
Another 2 central features of that app that are managed in this screen are:
1. Do Not Disturb mode – when enabled, any person trying to call the user will receive a pre-selected message from the user.
2. Voice Control – Full voice control of the app that will allow us to call our close friends, scroll through songs and more.
This screen is essentially the solution to the problem I’ve identified.
As you can see, the screen stays roughly the same, except for the car icon which will forward the user to the main “Driver Mode” screen, but once a call is received the entire top part of the app will be lowered and above it, the caller’s information will be shown. This allows the user to continue using the navigation app and avoid getting mixed up on the road when getting a call.