As an experience designer at BMW Technology I must consider the driver’s entire ecosystem. The Connected App needs to feel cohesive with the vehicle, but also take advantage of and integrate with other tech that drivers are using, and of course, not distract from the drive.
BMW’s research showed that most of our customers (predictably) use Google Maps or other external sources to find addresses for new places they plan to navigate to, but still enjoyed using onboard navigation. How can we use the touchpoint we can control - mobile app, Alexa, smart watch, and vehicle (to a limited extent) - to make that process easier?
In-vehicle navigation systems are notoriously difficult to use. Cars last longer than mobile devices and they have a slower build cycle. Technology that is top-of-the-line once designed starts to become outdated as soon as a vehicle enters a dealer’s lot. BMW’s Connected App strives to fill this gap by accommodating users with technology that’s as new as their latest iPhone.
Our app needs to create a single, complementary experience between modern mobile expectations and the past several years of varied vehicle technology.
Fortunately, the vehicle is BMW’s primary product so I’m able to advocate for helping customers reach their goals even if it counter intuitively means spending less time in our app.
I designed a streamlined experience for using our app (backgrounded) to transfer addresses into a vehicle’s navigation. I architected it so that different connection types on different onboard technologies maintained a consistent experience. I also designed it to contextualize whether the user is already in their vehicle or planning a trip from their couch. The elements fit right in to the IOS native sharesheet experience.
This new process is the highlighted feature of our latest release.
Wrote and refined Alexa utterances and responses for remote vehicle services such as“Alexa, did I remember to lock my BMW?” and “Alexa, ask BMW to cool off my car.”
Worked with the machine learning team to build user's trust and understanding by adding descriptions to learned and proposed destinations.