Huds & Guis

GM ELMIRAJ Concept car UI

It’s really cool to see car companies experimenting with ways to incorporate current technologies into a car’s dashboard and interface.

I’ve come across concepts involving touch screens, smart phone integration, voice activation and even HUDs. However, at this point I have yet to see something totally groundbreaking released into the market.

Here’s a cool example of a concept UI for the Cadillac Elmiraj by Autofuss. In it you see a digital dashboard and some experiments with overlaying graphics over the road itself.

I’ve mentioned before how difficult it must be to design for automotive and aviation applications. It’d be fair to assume that you could just reference racing car games but in reality it’s not that easy. There’s so much at stake if something goes wrong, and everything from the size of text or shade of colour can make a difference. I heard once that even changing the colour of a button on a bank’s website could potentially cost them millions. In this case it’s injury or loss of life.

Anyhow this is a great start, I’d love to see more of these types of projects, and it’s really promising to see that they’re happening.

Check it out!

Watch the GM Elmiraj Concept UI clip
Check out the full breakdown on GMUNK’s site.

Check out our previous Concept Car UI post
Check out our showcase on Retro car dashboards

2 Responses to “GM ELMIRAJ Concept car UI”

  1. Yvan says:

    Its pretty sharp and nice, very modern, but i still think some stuff could be really problematic if they want their UI to be in german or in all long size languages. And even if its very swell, im not sure the glitchy animation on the road overlay is necessary, i mean, you dont want to feel in Elysium or Oblivion, as you said, when it comes to ultra used system like cars UI, remove all the useless stuff and go with the effective simple.

    Cool discovery like always, keep it up !

    • Jono says:

      Great point Yvan, it’s hard enough to design innovative UI without worrying about languages.

      I agree with you, but like most future vision projects, I think it’s good to explore both the practical and the impractical sometimes. By doing that sometimes you get to unlock ideas that wouldn’t necessarily come by doing the right thing.

      Glad you liked it

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