When driving at night, I often get blinded by the car behind me. The analog dimming switch works some of the time but it doesn't help with the light from the side mirrors. After confirming this problem exists elsewhere, I decided to implement a customizable brightness slider into the mirror.
Out of everyone I have asked "Have you ever been blinded by your rear view mirror when driving?", every single one of them has said yes. This makes for a problem in need of a quick, safe, and intuitive solution to maintain driver safety on the roads.
The current state of the rear view and side mirrors does not allow them to be customized by the user when the lights are too bright. Plus, even if you use the tab to dim the rear view mirror, there is nothing that changes the light coming from the side view mirrors.
Poor affordance: There is a group of users who do not understand how to dim their rear view mirrors due to lack of indication.
In order to get the thoughts out of my head, I went straight to paper. I figured out the current and future state diagrams of the mirror a
Designing for the future
The future of rear and side view mirrors are screens. I wanted to design for the future of this and think ahead to what could be utilized once the screen technology has been implemented in more vehicles.
Create greater affordance for the user by allowing the brightness to be customized. This touch feature enables the user to intuitively adjust the level.
The slider implements the technology of the OLED touch bar on the New Macbook Pro into the rearview mirror. This allows for ease of use and simplicity when a brightness change is desired. This intuitive platform would provide the proper affordance to the user through the brightness icon as well as the lines on the slider bar.
High Dynamic Range basically creates a better image through taking the different tones and correcting them.
With the developing technology of mirrors becoming screens, there is a growing need for the exposure to be correct. To solve this problem, I implemented an HDR option for optimal viewing at all times of the day, including night. Think of HDR as "Auto".
Another feature of the HDR would let drivers see other vehicles even if their headlights are not turned on.
The slider functions as an affordance for the user to customize the brightness of their mirrors.
Using the OLED touch bar technology, it is expandable past this specific use for other things such as emergency features and other important buttons.