Mercedes-Benz

UI & UX Design | Internship 2019 | Working Student Job 2019/2020 | Sindelfingen
DEPT. Research and Development/ User Interaction/ Advanced Engineering

Introduction

Advancements in automated driving, connectivity and urban mobility are rapidly transforming the relationship between driver and vehicle. While the vehicles become more technologically capable, it is essential to design the technologies to be more personal and more human. We as Designers in the Advanced UI/UX Design Team at Mercedes-Benz meet the challenge of humanizing technology into a holistic experience that is both intuitive and unparalleled.

Human Car Interaction

Driving is already a complex task that demands a varying level of cognitive and physical load. With the advancement in technology, the car has become a place for media consumption, a communications center and an interconnected workplace. The number of features in a car has also increased. As a result, the user interaction inside the car has become overcrowded and more complex. Human Car Interaction is an active area of research at the company, my main tasks was to understand this interaction and make it simpler and safer for drivers. Unfortunately, due to company's policy, I'm not allowed to publish any of the concepts I have been working on nor any other type of work.

AR & VR

The ability to combine reality with digital content makes it much easier to design new models, especially in automotive engineering. With AR, it is no longer necessary to produce new models or variants by hand. With AR it is possible to display different designs, shapes and colours. When planning production capacities, AR can save a lot of time and money. With the aid of augmented reality, new machines as well as buildings can be faded into existing production halls.

Magic Leap

Magic Leap 1 is a lightweight, wearable computer that brings the physical and digital worlds together as one. It gives designers the ability to visualize 3D digital designs, eliminating the need for physical models or prototypes. It helps teach how to handle high-risk scenarios and tackle complex tasks with interactive training modules. And remotely present virtual products in their real intended environments. Therefore my main task was to study these glasses and then use them to create future scenarios.

My Tasks

Using both AR & VR I have been able to create future interaction concepts for specific car models. Trying to improve their system and make them more user-friendly. I was equipped with HTC VIVE(VR glasses) and a Magic Leap One(AR glasses), though I was more responsible for the AR technology. After analyzing the glasses, getting to know how it works and what its capabilities(Eye-Tracking, Environment Meshing, Hand Gestures, Hand Tracking, etc.) I used the glasses to visualize concepts that I have been working on. Using the glasses, users can interact with the virtual object and get a better experience(almost close to reality). In order to visualize these concepts, I had to use various tools such as: Unity, Cinema4D, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Visual Studio(C# to code the interaction in Unity).

Typical Designer Tasks

In addition, I had other typical design tasks, such as collecting ideas, visualizing and then presenting them, researching, developing future concepts, editing and creating drafts, editing images, animating results to communicate the development process, optimizing final video files, creating logos, posters and illustrations, modeling and animating 3D objects, preparing presentations and observing what's already on the market.
To accomplish these tasks, I used these tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Sketch, Cinema4D, Unity and Keynote

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