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Autonomous Vehicle Research Plan To Mars

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RESEARCH PLAN OVERVIEW

 Longer-term, a multi-month study with those in a simulated shuttle is recommended. Additionally, leverage studies and analyses of prior mission video captures.

Longer-term, a multi-month study with those in a simulated shuttle is recommended. Additionally, leverage studies and analyses of prior mission video captures.

 
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Exploratory and Background Research to Identify Target Users

  • Kickoff Workshop and Affinity Diagramming with Stakeholders and Team Leads

  • Positioning Research

  • Literature Review

  • Landscape Analysis

2. Surfacing Research within company for Greatest Impact

  • Include various functions during synthesis and debriefing

  • Complication of Video/voice snippets of most important aspects from user research

  • Share frequent research snapshots along the way before the end-of-phase presentation

  • Documentation

3. Research Plan

  • Participant recruitment

  • Data collection

  • Analysis of analogous industries

4. Next Steps Iterative Testing and Validation

  • Sprint (1 week "pressure cooker")

  • Storyboard Speed-dating

  • Participatory design

  • Wizard of Oz

  • Vision video

5. Assumptions and Scoping of Mars Autonomous Vehicle Program

  • Technical Challenges are being addressed

  • Opportunity to address Human Challenges

 
 

A CLOSER LOOK

1. Exploratory Research to Identify Potential Target Users

  • Kickoff to discuss expectations and key considerations. Workshop an initial set of hypotheses for research and align on priorities, goals, and key milestones. Affinity Diagramming with Stakeholders and Team Leads

 
 A workshop with affinity diagramming provides a way for various stakeholders to understand the project space and align various stakeholders. Everyone writes out ideas which are organized into groups to map collective thought.

A workshop with affinity diagramming provides a way for various stakeholders to understand the project space and align various stakeholders. Everyone writes out ideas which are organized into groups to map collective thought.

 
  • Positioning Research

    SWOT Analysis

 
 Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threats Analysis Identifies Direct Competitors, Aerospace Tech Industry, Target Audience, and Reveals Opportunity

Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threats Analysis Identifies Direct Competitors, Aerospace Tech Industry, Target Audience, and Reveals Opportunity

 

Product Positioning

 
 2D charts with axes that characterize desirable attributes of products. An empty space on the graph represents a gap for a potential product.

2D charts with axes that characterize desirable attributes of products. An empty space on the graph represents a gap for a potential product.

SET Factors

 
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 Helps company understand the broader context in which it’s operating, and create strategy accordingly to maximize impact

Helps company understand the broader context in which it’s operating, and create strategy accordingly to maximize impact

 

2. Surfacing Research within Company for Greatest Impact

  • Encourage cross-disciplinary participation and check-ins throughout the research process

  • Share research snapshots to give folks an up-to-date pulse of findings

  • Synthesis workshops, stakeholder briefs throughout the phases leading to the end-of-phase presentation

  • Shared Wiki Documentation

 
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Share Sequence / Flow / Cultural / Physical / Artifact / Models that summarize and organize research conducted

 
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  • Complication of Video/voice snippets of most important aspects from user research

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3. Research Plan

  • Decide user groups, industry and analogous experts to interview and locations

  • Recruit participants

  • Expert and User interviews

  • Contextual Inquiry of Analogous Industries

  • Participatory Design with co-creation tools

  • Longer-term, a multi-month study with those in a simulated shuttle on earth may shed more realistic information.

4. Next Steps - Iterative Testing and Validation

  • Design Sprint

  • Storyboard concepts then “Speed-date” with users

  • Prototypes and Bodystorming (e.g. Wizard of Oz)

  • Video v1 to communicate longer-term vision for company and public

5. Assumptions

  • Technical physical human challenges especially radiation exposure is best addressed by experts as those below. Landing, perception systems, localization, mapping, path planning, collision avoidance, control systems, sensor fusion, identifying and troubleshooting technical bugs, while there are gravitational differences are key technical hurdles to overcome.

 
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  • An interesting possible opportunity to investigate during research is addressing psychological human challenges during a typical ~3 year round trip to Mars.

    • Background

      • During short term space missions, psychological issues are manageable but on longer term space missions can become much more important

    • Challenges

      • Isolation and confinement pose greatest challenge for crew – as they approach Mars communications between spacecraft and Earth become sparse

        • Can't remain in direct contact with loved ones

      • Difficult to admit anxiety or depress in fear of negative consequences

      • Motivational decline

      • Social

        • Social tensions

        • Strained crew relations

        • Heightened friction and conflict

    • Current ways to address health concerns

      • Urine samples

      • Blood samples

      • Video diaries

        • Speech is affected by both physiological state and psychological state of individual

        • Use voice to detect changes in mood and psychological well being

      • Drugs and other antidepressants

    • Further investigate to enhance user experience during Mars travel

      • Designing the ~3 year experience to user type goals

      • Opportunity for a “team” to be creative, productive, and collaborative

      • AR/VR

      • Wellness and service bots

      • Technology to support connection with loved ones

      • Visual simulation of earth as distances increase

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