With Auty, my design process was to: Create a user case – task flow high fidelity wire-framing. Then I request user/stakeholder feedback.
First, I began my research by talking with my aunt regarding her health problems and how they affected her driving.
The next step was to create and distribute an online survey that gauged seniors with limited mobility and how often they travel, along with any ailments they may have. A total of 60 individuals took a 5-question survey, the Baby Boomer demographic: Born from 1946 to 1964 being the most common age range. The survey starts by asking some general questions on how often the participant drives, also asking boomers to rank personal driving ability regarding the average motorist.
These findings led me to start thinking about a system to give boomers more years of safe mobility, not necessarily as drivers, instead of the passenger without burdening others. Using a plan in place such as Uber, yet enhanced, the hired driver can collect biometric data and accommodate health issues.
Sense of Community
As the autonomous taxi advances, this data can evolve from the driver to the computer system of the autonomous vehicle itself.
Dynamic User Interface
Auty is a tool to enhance safe mobility enhancing independence – autonomy, physical and mental well-being and using biometrics for accounting for passengers emotional and biological states, to the effects of seating, lighting, entering and exiting the vehicle, giving the ability of the vehicle to sense the boomer’s mood, and behaviors.