Different, low-level need, inspirational, and comparison-based entry points throughout the whole experience guide the user to a light configurator, a tool with which they can customize their car and add some extras. The key is to offer selected options which are completely combinable, won’t cause direct buildability conflicts, and don’t complicate with the whole bandwidth of opportunities. Flanked by supporting options (e.g. “Which rims are right for you?”) the user should not be stopped to proceed if there’s still a need for explanation. If users still want to configure every detail themselves, the customizer gives direct access to the advanced configurator. In the end, transparent price communication, payment, and delivery or pick-up options are mandatory, as well as permanent access to the final checkout.
Here are our six guiding principles for designing a future car configurator:
- Escaping the legacy tech trap and making progress despite technical limitations
- Flexible integration and usage of the configuration pattern in various contexts and use cases
- Not bringing the internal product complexity to the customer
- Focus on modular design and experience
- Mobile accessibility is a must
- Visual experiences in full focus put the car in the spotlight and bring the brand to life