Android Auto

Cars generally are built to head one direction, forward. Interiors are congruent with this flow and rarely go against this y-axis. Movements of the controls also feel notchy and confident, dials feel precise and light. Forward, backward, in, and out can keep a UI harmonious with a car.

Radial Gauges

Radial motion is iconic in cars, and makes more efficient use of space to indicate progress.


Guiding movement along a linear path feels really simple. Hinting and snapping can be used to reinforce confidence in tasks and activity.

Turns & Crosses

Typically, cars are built to go forward, but there are times where we have to make turns and change it up.

Blinking Indicator

There are a lot of modal cases while driving, you're turning, you're braking, you have the hazards on. These are ephemeral tasks that can tie into performing tasks in UI.

Adapting some of the concepts into rough blocks in the car UI gives us a feel for the experience. Everything generally flows in the same direction in a facet. Colorized blinks are used to express focus, activity and modality. Facets are separated spatially and create a perpendicular break to confidently distinguish themselves from one another.

Facet Switching

When switching facets, we maintain a spatial model for each by dollying towards the virtual location of the icon.

Lens Switching

Lenses scale into a list and back out when selected.

Animate activity

Show activity in a facet through icon animation, also hint at facet choice through brand color.

Opening and Selecting

Incoming items slide left to right, maintaining the same flow as the sliding app block.

Backing out and Closing

Hitting back reverses the slide of items in view performing an "undo" like operation going right to left.

Inline Voice

Voice stays put, minimizing motion and avoiding obstruction. Nods confirm mic open and soliloquizes the mic by dimming the stage's lights. The scene transitions like a gearbox shift to complete the command.