Smart key for a modern car

UI and product concept for automotive industries

Image: Koru Smart Key Demo. Renders © by Juha Kosonen. UI design by Sasha Kazantsev © Korulab

In 2016 Koru has expanded its interest onto automative market. At the moment, solutions provided for devices connected to the car are pretty crude. We have composed a high-fidelity demo to illustrate Koru Framework ability to support rich UX on the low-end platforms.

Luckily for us (designers), there is a vast spread of Android wearable devices that allow easy application installations. This way one may create high fidelity demos and test them on screen right away. In the end of 2016 I have designed an coded the first iteration of the Koru Smart Key. Device renders were done by Juha Kosonen.

Image: Koru Smart Key Demo. Renders © by Juha Kosonen. UI design by Sasha Kazantsev © Korulab
Starting animation. (CC-BY) Sasha Kazantsev. 2017. Koru Smart Key Demo running on Samsung Urbane.

Long loading animation from the splash screen to the main screen of the app is a total simulation. Its purpose was to introduce the viewer to the idea of “personalisation”. Should I have thrown a user straight on the action screens, it would take a lot of screen real estate to tell the same story.

Screen context changing on scroll. (CC-BY) Sasha Kazantsev. 2017. Koru Smart Key Demo running on Samsung Urbane.

When I have jumped onto this project it has been already in work for quite a while. The screens were heavily overloaded with information. There was no clear action call on any screen and no flow in between them.

I have had to roll all the process back to the starting point and question, what was the purpose of the item in the end of the day.

The layout I have tailored in the end has a number of action screen organised in a horizontal scroll view. Each of them is a full-screen toggle that would put engine on or off, open or close the door etc.

Lastly, every screen is has more data “hidden” below the car. Extra information is accessible by the scroll up. The car animates down to leave most of the screen free for the data.


*Please, consider not doing it next time, the guys are making disposable items with no concern about environment. The water spoiled to produce your Apple watch was drinkable before. Thank you. Promise, there is no preaching anywhere below.

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