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A Novel Approach to the Design and Development of an Interactive Learning App for Automotive In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems

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Yifan Chen

Research and Advanced Engineering,
Ford Motor Company,
Dearborn, MI 48121
e-mail: ychen1@ford.com

Basavaraj Tonshal

Research and Advanced Engineering,
Ford Motor Company,
20300 Rotunda Drive,
Dearborn, MI 48124
e-mail: btonshal@ford.com

Pramita Mitra

Research and Advanced Engineering,
Ford Motor Company,
Dearborn, MI 48121
e-mail: pmitra3@ford.com

Craig Simonds

Ford Motor Company (retired),
Dearborn, MI 48124
e-mail: csimonds1@comcast.net

Paul Aldighieri

Product Development,
Ford Motor Company,
Dearborn, MI 48124
e-mail: paldighi@ford.com

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Computers and Information Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING. Manuscript received December 21, 2015; final manuscript received July 25, 2016; published online August 19, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Francesco Ferrise.

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 16(3), 030907 (Aug 19, 2016) (9 pages) Paper No: JCISE-15-1426; doi: 10.1115/1.4034414 History: Received December 21, 2015; Revised July 25, 2016

This paper presents the design, architecture, and implementation of “MyFord Touch Guide,” a novel, cross-platform mobile app that delivers an interactive and experiential learning experience for the Ford SYNCTM with MyFord TouchTM in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system. This app incorporates the production of MyFord Touch graphical user interface for an interactive learning experience. Additionally, it integrates a host of video tutorials featuring a computer-animated character, which offers an insightful, self-guided tour experience of the essential features and functions of the system. MyFord Touch Guide is a cross-platform app and based on a “hybrid” app architecture that uses both native mobile and web technologies. Feedbacks gathered from multiple nation-wide surveys indicated that our approach was effective as an interactive, mobile learning app.

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Overview software architecture of our app

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Illustration of MVC implementation

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Major classes for Android Native Code

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An iOS sequence diagram showing the native codes ending a “fullscreen” notification to the Webcode

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Communication diagram showing major components in the Windows application

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Various screens of the MyFord Touch Guide app: normal (default) mode simulating MyFord Touch's GUI (a), help mode letting the user choose to watch help videos (b), and the avatar in a video (c)

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Script and avatar on appearance as implemented in the tutorial video for the cabin air recirculation function

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Overall rating of the app

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Usefulness for training and sales

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