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Teasing Self Driving Cars with Google Maps

To encourage interest and adoption of autonomous vehicle services, Google Maps could tease estimated prices of Waymo and other services in their rideshare comparison view.

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In the meantime, the “autonomous vehicle” tab could populate news or project timelines to show when the service might be available in their area. Perhaps even a “notify me when this is available” button.

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What to put in the tab?

The Uber and Lyft tabs allow you to request a ride, but in the case of autonomous services, we’ll have to use this screen space to show other relevant information. Here are some ideas:

  • 📆 Estimated time until service is available ( 12 months )

  • ⚠️ Current blockers

    • 📜 Regulatory blocker

    • ✍️ Approval blocks

    • 💸 Inadequate funding

  • 👀 Similar projects

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Google Drive Finder Plugin

The finder window should show unsynced folders, without having to go into preferences. 

I use the Google Drive macOS Finder Plugin. In order to save local storage space, I don't sync all of my Drive folders to my computer. Unfortunately this means if I'm looking for something I can't find, I have to look inside my preferences pane to see if the file might be in an unsynced the folder.

A better system would be to show the unsynced items within finder, so I could explore the directories, and only download what I need. The unsynced folders and files could be shown in grey, and a right-click could give me an option to sync it to my local device. 

Preferences Pane

Unsynced folders are shown in the preferences pane. This is great functionality, but it's not easily accessible. (read: user-hostile) 

In addition to being hidden away, the preferences pane lacks the ability to show files inside folder -- again going back to my use case where I'm looking for a file I haven't synced.

Finder Window

Unsynced files / folders should appear in the finder window.

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Sync (download) remote files / folders

Here's a masterfully crafted doodle of a right-click menu interface that allows for the download of offline (greyed out) items. 

Site Preview in Search Results

This is a user interface mockup for a search result page that previews fully interactive mobile pages, in aim to improve the speed at which users can access relevant information.

It's not perfect, and perhaps it addresses a need that's not there. But with a few tweaks, this could be A/B tested to validate its usefulness. Just an idea.

Heres a blockframe comparison between a typical search results page interface, and the proposed interface. This is useful to weigh the pros and cons of each, for example, the left can show more results in a single viewport than the right. However, the right allows people to look over the site instead of having to visit each individually.

Initial concept sketched in my journal.

Photo of my Affinity Artboard, which somewhat illustrates my workflow, as I work from top to bottom.

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