Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Bosch | posted January 06, 2016 12:49
Bosch connected car tech previews user interface of the future
Bosch, a German multinational engineering and electronics company, has highlighted the brand's latest car technologies during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company has brought along a concept car that previews its future products.
One of which is the haptic touchscreen which covers the entire dashboard and center console, transforming it into an electronic display. This touchscreen comes with an haptic feedback which allows individuals to feel the buttons on the screen, giving an impression that they are pressing real buttons.
Bosch says the screen can generate surface textures which allows the driver to feel rough, smooth and patterned surfaces that indicate different buttons and functions. In this way, the company said that drivers can keep their eyes on the road while selecting buttons or functions. Moreover, the screen adapts based on the vehicle's surroundings which can alert or warn the driver to prevent an accident.
Bosch has already received the 2016 CES Innovation Award in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category for its haptic touchscreen.
In addition, Bosch is developing a new feature called automated valet parking. The said feature enables the car to automatically find a vacant parking space using a smartphone app.
Bosch has also presented its highway pilot tech which features a “highly automated system that assumes all the driver's tasks and responsibilities” on freeways. The company adds that this technology is already being tested on public roads in Germany, the United States and Japan.
The connected car tech also allows users to control household functions from the vehicle and can automatically set the GPS to the next appointment location.