Defining the Nio HMI
From the outset the Nio team has always set record breaking targets. Having started development in 2015 the ESX series of vehicle was introduced to the market in 2017 taking just 2 years from a clean sheet. In developing the HMI system the focus was on digitalisation. The use of screen based systems and touch interaction freed the platform of reliance on hardware based technology as much as possible. This approach enabled Nio's products to be future proof and flexible in technology updates to the platform and software updates as the platform matured in development. Screen based touch interaction is now becoming a mainstream norm in the industry driven by our digital life habits. The system defined in 2016 would go onto to become Nio OS and more recently Nio OS 2.0.
Having both a technical and design background Rapid Prototyping has been essential component of my approach throughout my career. The teams capability is enabled by many novel and cost effective platforms which utilises existing technologies and products to rapidly develop and prove concepts in design, usability, experience and technology.
Autonomous systems have been a core part of the development of Nio's products. The HMI for these new technologies is key to enabling users to embrace this new frontier in the Automotive industry. Good design and ease of use are crucial in establishing a trustworthy and engaging experience, promoting the use of these fast developing technologies. The UIUX team has led this area at Nio defining the interaction with this technology.
All this technology needs to fit with in the intended design and ambience that Nio has defined for customers. The digitalisation of the system has enabled Nio to reduce complexity in design and deliver a more human space to inhabit. The product design component of the team has brought a new approach to designing for these technologies to the team enabling Nio to break free from automotive norms.