Bryan Reimer Is Guest on UX Soup Podcast

by Adam Felts

AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer spoke about his research on driver interactions with  new vehicle technologies for UX Soup, a short-form podcast that discusses the latest developments impacting the user experience across personal devices, automobiles, and the smart home.

In introducing himself for the podcast, Dr. Reimer highlighted about the uneven results of designers’ and engineers’ efforts to increase the safety of drivers through the implementation of advanced technologies in vehicles. He attributes these difficulties in achieving success to a divergence between how designers imagine that users will interact with the technologies and how drivers actually use them. “There is a disconnect between the specifications of what engineers design and the utilization of the technology in the real world … only by understanding that disconnect … can technology players ensure that they’re designing cohesively.” He went on to say say that the key to designing effective vehicle technologies is to consult real-world data on how users interact with the technology, and to develop regulations that are informed by that knowledge.

Listen to part 1 and part 2 of the podcast.

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Adam Felts

Adam Felts is a researcher and writer at the MIT AgeLab. Currently he is involved in research on the experiences of family caregivers and the future of financial advice. He also manages the AgeLab blog and newsletter. He received his Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University in 2014 and his Master's of Theological Studies from Boston University in 2019.

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