NIO Keyfob / Interactive Car Keyfob
Design Sprint


As cars evolve with smarter technologies, the integration of AI becomes increasingly critical. Infusing artificial intelligence with empathic capabilities is vital, enabling vehicles to understand and assist users more effectively.

Over time, the keyfob has retained its basic form and functionality, with defined buttons limiting the range of interactions between the user and their car. Currently, our interactions with cars are limited to when we're physically inside them. Many functionalities cease once we step out, leaving the keyfob as the sole car-related item we carry everywhere.  The keyfob, ideally, should act as a bridge, maintaining our connection to the car and extending a sense of comfort similar to the feeling of being at home. ​​​​​​​


How can redefine the function and interaction of a Keyfob and how could this build a stronger seamless and intuitive bond between the car and the user?

The Nio car keyfob is designed to integrate seamlessly into your daily life, enhancing your car experience even when you're not physically in the vehicle. It goes beyond just unlocking doors or starting the engine; it's about making the car a part of your daily routine, from commuting to work to running errands or taking kids to school.

The device revolutionizes the traditional concept of car keyfobs by eliminating defined buttons and instead relying on intuitive, tactile interactions. This approach offers a sleek, modern user experience while maintaining functionality. ​​​​​​​

Introducing gesture-based control using tactile finger gestures can significantly bridge the interaction and communication gap between the car and its users. This approach offers a more intuitive and interactive interface, aligning closely with natural human gestures. For instance, a simple swipe or tap could control various functions, making the interaction more fluid and less distracting.
Early form factor exploration 
Color and material exploration 

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