Touch Screen Steering Wheel Keeps Eyes On The Road
Today’s update comes to us via NBC’s Auto News department. Distance driving can be mind-numbingly boring, but looking away from the road to text or change songs can be a life-or-death gamble. Plus, buttons embedded in the wheel only control a fraction of a car’s functionality.
Now German researchers have a steering wheel prototype that puts everything within reach — no glancing needed. “If you have gestures on the steering wheel, you spend more time looking at the street,” said Albrecht Schmidt, a computer science professor specializing in human-computer interaction at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, who worked on the prototype. The team came up with the idea for a multi-touch steering wheel interface while thinking about driving and mobile technology. Their prototype is made from clear acrylic ringed in infrared LEDs. An infrared camera attached to the bottom picks up the reflections made when the surface is touched. A driver can control a radio or navigate a map with simple movements along the surface. Those gestures can be made with the thumbs while still gripping the wheel and looking at the road. For further details, see the rest of the story here. Photo credit: Pervasive Computing and User Interface Engineering Group, University of Duisburg-Essen
There are treasure troves of automobile history and majesty located all over the US, both personal and public. One great one is the Petersen Automotive Museum Vault. Go deep inside The Vault with Car & Driver contributing editor Csaba Csere in the first of a two part series to show you some of the most important cars in automotive history. Check out the cars in today’s video: 1885 Benz (Replica) 1912 De Dion Bouton 1967 Ford GT40 MK III 1955 Ford Thunderbird 1955 Porsche (356) Continental 1967 Dodge Coronet 1967 Toyota 2000GT Foose Sniper 1925 Ford Golden Star 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta 1929 DuPont Model G 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1939 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante
Hyundai Motor Co. plans to start selling its first battery-powered electric vehicle (EV) in 2016 as South Korea’s champion of fuel-cell cars hedges its bets in next-generation green technology. Hyundai has leant toward engines which turn hydrogen into electricity in response to stricter emissions regulations in markets such as the U.S. Research and development partner Kia Motors Corp. has focused on rechargeable batteries.