Feedback Please: Fuse and Personal Clouds
One of the reasons to be excited about Fuse is that it has a different way of treating your data and the data about your car. Fuse stores that data in a personal cloud: an online place that you control. We follow principles of the Respect Trust Framework.
This presents us with a design challenge. How do we properly represent the fact that the Fuse app isn't the same as the Fuse personal cloud and that for the Fuse app to work, you need to link it to your personal cloud--just like you sometimes link other apps on your phone to Dropbox. Other applications that use the Fuse API, will also ask you if they can link to your Fuse personal cloud.
For the techies: I wrote about this style of application in a recent blog post: Fargo and Personal Cloud Application Architectures. The actual mechanism of the linking is via OAuth 2.0, so it really is just like linking an app on your phone to Dropbox.
The problem is that people generally know what Dropbox is, whereas they probably don't understand the concept of a personal cloud.
The specific UI challenge is that we want to properly represent that you're linking to your personal cloud, not logging in and out of the application. We think that's necessary for people to understand the power of personal clouds and the control it gives them over their own data. On the other hand, we don't want it to feel so unusual or clunky that people get confused about what's happening.
I've put together an initial proposal and I'd like your feedback if you have any (click through for a larger image). Users would see this flow whenever the app is disconnected from their personal cloud. That would be the case when they first launch it, if the user logged out, and in other, rare, circumstances where the app doesn't know what cloud it's linked to.
The interaction proceeds left to right. Screen (2) follows the user clicking "Let's Go!" on screen (1). Screen (3) follows the sign in on (2). Screen (4) (or something like it) follows the user clicking on "Allow" on (3) if there are vehicles in the personal cloud. If not, the flow would lead to an "Add car" flow. I'm not showing the "More info" page or the account creation page. The "More info" page would talk more about the Fuse personal cloud and our policies around personal data.
- Does this represent the idea of personal clouds clearly without being confusing?
- Does it feel comfortable?
- Is the wording of the text clear?
- Does the word "link" convey the right idea or would another word work better?
I'm interested in your thoughts on these questions and other ideas you might have.