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Hello all,

The only thing that isn't "amazing" on the fisker is the console.

*It's slow. I'm not a patient person - no I won't wait 2 seconds to go from Nav to Music.

*Its not intuitive. To raise the volume 10 steps I need to click 10 times despite the UI pattern indicating I should be able to slide the volume. Who else tried to grab and slide it only to be disappointed?

*Items are laid out absolutely senselessly. We live in a world with iphones / ipads / android and we expect similar usability as a minimum. The Fisker is a decade behind.

Here's the competition: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/updated-will-the-tesla-model-s-be-the-next-great-mobile-apps-platform/1622

I'm not sure how much is limited by hardware ( sliding / speed ) or how much is just poor design. Either way there are obvious solutions that will lead to huge usability/satisfaction gains.

I've love to get in touch with someone at Fisker who cares about solving this.
 

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will said:
Hello all,

The only thing that isn't "amazing" on the fisker is the console.

*It's slow. I'm not a patient person - no I won't wait 2 seconds to go from Nav to Music.

*Its not intuitive. To raise the volume 10 steps I need to click 10 times despite the UI pattern indicating I should be able to slide the volume. Who else tried to grab and slide it only to be disappointed?

*Items are laid out absolutely senselessly. We live in a world with iphones / ipads / android and we expect similar usability as a minimum. The Fisker is a decade behind.

Here's the competition: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/updated-will-the-tesla-model-s-be-the-next-great-mobile-apps-platform/1622

I'm not sure how much is limited by hardware ( sliding / speed ) or how much is just poor design. Either way there are obvious solutions that will lead to huge usability/satisfaction gains.

I've love to get in touch with someone at Fisker who cares about solving this.
I have no idea if the touchscreen hardware is "multi-touch" or "single touch", but even single-touch should be able to do sliding. Multi-touch is needed for pinch/pull zoom (as on iPhone and Android, if you want to zoom in or out on maps, or in Dolphin Browser, etc).
 

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will said:
Hello all,

The only thing that isn't "amazing" on the fisker is the console.

*It's slow. I'm not a patient person - no I won't wait 2 seconds to go from Nav to Music.

*Its not intuitive. To raise the volume 10 steps I need to click 10 times despite the UI pattern indicating I should be able to slide the volume. Who else tried to grab and slide it only to be disappointed?

*Items are laid out absolutely senselessly. We live in a world with iphones / ipads / android and we expect similar usability as a minimum. The Fisker is a decade behind.

Here's the competition: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/updated-will-the-tesla-model-s-be-the-next-great-mobile-apps-platform/1622

I'm not sure how much is limited by hardware ( sliding / speed ) or how much is just poor design. Either way there are obvious solutions that will lead to huge usability/satisfaction gains.

I've love to get in touch with someone at Fisker who cares about solving this.
Will: It's pretty safe to say that Fisker is working very hard on the responsiveness and functionality issues. The human factors and layout improvements will most likely have to wait until the next major release of the software. In the meantime, I prefer to use the steering wheel controls which are essentially instantaneous in their response and can be located and used without taking your eyes off the road.

-- Fab.

P.S. Welcome to the Forum.
 

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Except for its size the Fisker Command Center is rather disappointing. Today, in a rush I drove away with just the Fisker icon on my screen, no accept button or anything, the dash worked fine but aboslutely no control over anything driven by the command center. As for Tesla's 17 inch display. Unless they have something great in mind, it will be very hard to see in direct sunlight, I am just betting. The reason most manufacturer's make their screens smaller is so they can put a shielding of console around them. No such luck for Tesla, so that screen better be ridiculously bright and high contrast. Looking at two 6 x 8 inch LCD displays in a helicopter gives a great appreciation for having displays shielded from the sun and as bright as possible.
 

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Yeah, the glare is my #1 issue with the Command Center. When it's sunny out you can't see squat, especially anything in the upper-right corner of the screen (like the clock).

I had to go out and buy a new pair of sunglasses *without* polarizing lenses for this car. With normal polarizing sunglasses the screen might as well be black.

Also, at night the glare is giving me a headache. Sometimes I have to put my hand between the screen and my eyes just to give them a rest. I really, really, really prefer old fashioned analog controls that you can feel without having to look for them every time, and that have tactile feedback and work instantly, and don't blind me at night.

-Brian
 

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I showed a friend the car today and the FIRST thing he did was try to drag and change the AC settings. His response "WTF?"

Even if they are fixing it - if they have the same _team_ doing it, the result will be crap. The people in charge of their software are incompetent. http://fiskerbuzz.com/forums/Thread-6-14-2?pid=7467#pid7467

I can actually really help - I just want to know who to talk to and who will listen.
 

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will said:
I showed a friend the car today and the FIRST thing he did was try to drag and change the AC settings. His response "WTF?"

Even if they are fixing it - if they have the same _team_ doing it, the result will be crap. The people in charge of their software are incompetent. http://fiskerbuzz.com/forums/Thread-6-14-2?pid=7467#pid7467

I can actually really help - I just want to know who to talk to and who will listen.
Whenever I have a friend sit in the car for the first time I always go to the settings screen and ask them to select something. They always get it wrong, and when I how them how it actually works they're flabberghasted at the dumb UI.
 

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will said:
I showed a friend the car today and the FIRST thing he did was try to drag and change the AC settings. His response "WTF?"
You actually let other people touch the controls on your Karma? :huh:

That's crazy talk, my friend.

-- Fab.
 

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I remember on my testdrive we really needed the Navi. Think it took 2 of us 10-15minutes to get it to work..I think even the first release from tom tom ages ago was better.
The idea with a huge commandcenter like the Ipad looked great when you read about it, Now they just should have used ordinary buttons and smaller touchscreen and focused on other things
 

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Seems like I'm not the only one and the comments in the Navi thread mirror my sentiments as well.

I design interfaces and programs. I'd love to help I just know who to talk to at Fisker.
 

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There are definite improvements needed but I actually like the click method. I'd rather keep my eyes on the road and click the temp 3 times knowing I just set it from 75 to 72 degrees rather than dragging it to who knows where.
 

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There are definite improvements needed but I actually like the click method. I'd rather keep my eyes on the road and click the temp 3 times knowing I just set it from 75 to 72 degrees rather than dragging it to who knows where.
Both should work. Click above = move setting up one notch ("notch" = 1 degree F or half a degree C), click below = move down, press on "current setting" and drag = drag setting up or down.
 
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