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Driver interaction transformation for reduced distraction
Bosch is attending CES 2016 with its vision of the car of the future with a driver interface that makes best use of available functions whilst reducing distraction levels.
On its stand at the Consumer Electronics Show taking place in January in Las Vegas, Bosch will be demonstrating how safety and efficiency can be improved in vehicles of the future through the design of the Human Machine Interface (HMI) and the adoption of advanced connectivity within the vehicle.
With its pervasive approach to improving road safety through innovative vehicle technology, the existing Bosch portfolio of products saves countless lives globally every day and the company is taking a similar approach to connectivity by counteracting the problem of distracted driving through innovative man-machine interfaces.
The company believes that internet enabled cars make driving both more efficient as well as safer, a notion it will be illustrating at CES 2016 with its range of connectivity functions and driver assist systems. This demonstration will include Bosch’s award-winning haptic feedback touchscreen interface which creates the sensation of button-pressing for the driver.
By using haptic feedback, the sensation of touch and texture, the touchscreen provides the driver with easier navigation of available functions through touch so that drivers don’t need to look for information on the screen in order to control it. Instead, they can keep their eyes on the road and use the contrast of textures and patterns on the screen surface to make their required selection.
Adaptive display and control
Being a purely electronic interface, the Bosch system also minimises distraction and confusion by only displaying relevant and appropriate functions which the driver might require so the information displayed changes depending on the current surroundings. Using this approach, drivers can be alerted if a pedestrian is approaching and presenting a danger, for example.
Similarly, for fleet drivers, if an appointment is cancelled or a change is made to an itinerary, routes are automatically adjusted accordingly without any interaction required from the driver.
Commenting on this innovation to journalists at a pre-CES press conference, CEO of Bosch, Dr Volkmar Denner said, “The way to minimise driver distraction is to provide the right information at the right time.”
Safety innovations at CES 2016
Bosch will also be demonstrating other technology enhancements at the Consumer Electronics Show, including its “wrong-way driver” alert system, which is a low-cost, simple system that can be integrated into smartphone apps and which delivers warnings to drivers of other drivers on the wrong carriageway within seconds of such incidents being reported.
Currently, such incidents are typically announced using public media such as the radio which are broadcast long after the incident has already been dealt with, thereby negating the effectiveness of such announcements. According to Bosch, around a third of wrong-way driving incidents last only half a kilometer and so the period from discovery to warning is crucial for reducing risk.
The system operates by comparing actual highway movements with permitted directions and then alerting both the driver of the vehicle going in the wrong direction and other surrounding vehicles.
A demonstration vehicle will be available at CES 2016 in the Sands Expo for visitors to see how automated driving technology will operate in the future along with bosch’s “Highway Pilot”, an autonomous control system that takes on all of the driver duties on motorways, a technology that’s currently under trial on public roads in Germany, the USA and Japan.