MemberDecember 18, 2021 at 6:25 pm
Here some nice bits of already known and additional information about the creation of Aptera’s GUI:
MemberDecember 18, 2021 at 10:03 pm
Thanks for posting this. A remarkable accomplishment in such a short time. For me, the briefing was interesting and useful. I believe the case study was available before but A little cumbersome to read through for a non software person.
Nice to see a software project finish on time and on budget. Congrats to the team
MemberDecember 19, 2021 at 7:50 am
I love the look of the GUI. It’s clearly “inspired” by Tesla’s interface, but that’s fine with me because Tesla has the best interface on the market right now. The more nerdy data that can be viewed in the GUI, the better. I love diving into all the efficiency and charging numbers.
MemberJanuary 27, 2022 at 3:12 pm
As always, what we think at this point from posts or our own musings, is only conjecture. I anxiously await the reveal of the production interface! I currently drive a Tesla Model 3 and agree that Aptera has the Tesla look and feel which can’t be bad as the Tesla Model 3 is the best selling EV in the world.
I am sure we will see Aptera specific innovations in the final version as I have seen a few in the currently revealed prototype.
MemberJanuary 16, 2022 at 10:54 am
Inspired is good. Always take the best out of the ideas ( software ) around you and make your own version / integration of this. What users found out with Tesla that their narrow mindset of ‘only charge at superchargers’ , no POI, via points on route and many more wishes of EV drivers in the years after were only slowly added due to many complaints. I do hope that the 6-8 weeks development time of the GUI did not harm the current information / usage of navigation software. Although chargestops are not that vital as it was when 100mi was the max range of your EV, it should not be dismissed. The 250mi version Aptera will have users driving larger distances want to plan easily within the apps of Aptera and not having to go back to their own smartphone for better software.
MemberFebruary 7, 2022 at 7:23 am
instead of built in interioir screen:
its better value to have the graphic switch on the screen really big with a time delay so its not super quick to use where you can easily accdiently touch the wrong thing on teh screen quickly especially in a bumpy ride
the switches are separated by pages that you can easily scroll through by swiping like how apple notifications page lets you swipe quickly around half way across screen, then it automatically scrolls to show the screen page so u dont have to be precise when ur scrolling through it like you’d need to with a laptop mousepad or as scrolling through a webpage article in touchscreen phone
also user has option to plugin a microphone so the voice commands can work well despite wind noise etc even if his phone mic cant hear his voice properly
software has voice recognition so loud music doesnt become read by the phone app unlike the users voice
so no cost of infotainment hardware or switches are standard, microphone and plugin hard switch array are are options for those whod not buy teh car otherwise, such people will be rare anyway. a rectangular prism shaped bar replacing the dashboard mass is what the phone and acceories are attached to, acoery holding device is brought with accessory to hold the accessory to the bar. the bar can be structural support to teh car.
tinted heads up display is better than normal spedometer b/c its closer to line of sight when looking out into the driving environment at windshield, but its also fairly easy to ignore when eyes are not focused on the display image. such can also be just a option if one is willing to have speedometer always showing on his phone, similar looking to tesla model 3
the spedometer should be not simply a number and instead like normal dial with big marks on every 10mph bc that would allow quicker comprehension of speed number, after the location of dial and 10 mph markers that are near speed limit is memorized as happens easily after few interations or watch the dial(little amounts of effort add up over the driving experience, it makes teh difference between “this car feels better than the other so ill buy this instead b/c both cars are the equal to me otherwise”) . the speed limit mark can be marked with bigger mark by user (like a mark around 70mph for average American highways, a limit to abide by if there are police or cameras around. another mark at a 40mph or so could be used for most people, who drive on same roads every day for work etc). the dial also adds to sense of speed with less comprehension required vs reading numbers. the dial should be circular so the reading of teh speed limit happens always at a more central point, no need to comprehend the location of dial as much if the dial was moving in a more of a straight line similar to honda s2000 RPM counter.
besides speed dial, a g force meter would help maintain momentum around turns with minimal braking for minimal regen(battery) and friction pad brake wear and max efficiency. the meter helps if teh car is too tightly sprung, so detecting teh grip limit without losing grip often is difficult for non sport car drivers. asea level slope display can show how steep a slope they are driving down or up of with just a line rotating and teh word “high” to the top right corver of this line. the front end of car is shown a a arrow to the line, shich rotates to show climbing up hill or driving down one. this lets people take advantage of slopes ot build momentum regardless of the illusion of being down a slope or whatever they might see in some landscapes
MemberFebruary 26, 2022 at 7:03 am
lack of Apple carplay or Android auto. There are aftermarket screens that you can dash or windshield mount. Super easy to add wireless Android auto or Apple carplay. I stuck one in my girl’s 2007 Camry and it does the job better than the shitty integrated head unit in my 2021 Leaf
IYING 7 Inch Touchscreen Wireless
aftermarket screen already have andorid apple carplay, maybe buy and install this stuff insetad fo developing a larger screen with no apple android and what seems to be a excesivly complex interface
MemberFebruary 26, 2022 at 8:15 am
the gamification encouraging efficient driving was vague, how would it look like? i guess itd show sea level changes of road so driver knows to build momentum on downhills(sometimes people cant tell when their on a slope b/c there isnt landscape reference to show visually that they are on a slope realtive to other slopes or flat surfaces) , maybe steering wheel position will be encouraged by HUD showing how to turn the car as a pathway arrows representing sides of the car. maybe g force meter to know the grip limit for car which is hard to sense for most people in tight suspension car, so u can carry speed without learning grip limits by small grip loss which will make most people fear limits. each of these can be turned off, ex. somone who knows how to maintain momentum around turns will only use sea level and maybe g force gauge.
every time car starts up itd remind driver to maintain momentum with minimum acceleration quickness and braking and steering and braking for brakepad and tire life and effiency.