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Increase Driver Safety with Gesture-based Interfaces for Automotive Applications

Last Updated: 
Oct 08, 2013

Author: Hassane El-Khoury

As touchscreens with gesture-based interfaces have become nearly standard in the mobile phone segment, many people are waiting impatiently for the technology to make its way into the automotive market. Drivers are already familiar with getting into their car and using the touchscreen to check systems or select a music playlist to listen to. However, today’s infotainment menu structures are cumbersome and difficult to use. Drivers want to be able to flick through menus to scroll and use simple gestures such as zoom in and out, pan left, and rotate like they do with their phones.

Designing an intuitive Automotive Human Machine Interface (HMI) presents a new set of challenges compared to what is seen in the consumer segment. When adding functionality, engineers have to take into account an interface’s effect on the driver’s primary responsibility: keeping his or her eyes on the road. Gesture-based interfaces, in the case of a car, are not simply a fancy feature implemented in vehicles to make a more exciting driving experience. Although appealing to drivers, this functionality also improves safety while driving. The less time the driver spends navigating through menus, the more time that can be spent focused on the road.

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