Haptic technology has the potential to create new channels for interaction between vehicles and their operators and occupants; to increase usability, and maybe even to improve safety. The increasing automation of vehicles in general is an opportunity to engage drivers and passengers with multisensory in-car experiences that include visuals, audibles, and haptics. This week’s in-depth article explores just what ‘haptic’ means in the auto interior context, illustrated with recently announced application cases. It’s growing more apparent that haptics will be a necessary complement to gestural control. If you wave your hand in the air, you need clear feedback from the car that your directive has been received and understood. Haptics could be one of the technologies to support this kind of communication.
More broadly, haptics could become part of the communication loop of functional surfaces the industry is popularizing in the vehicle interior. A specific session on functional surfaces is part of the upcoming DVN Interior Workshop, happing in Köln on the 25th and 26th of this month. Yanfeng; Grupo Antolin; Poly IC, and Suss MicroOptics will give us their vision on this type of application.
We are 10 days to go! Stay tuned and connect with us to access the DVN-I workshop member account. If you haven’t yet registered, you’ll want to do so while space remains available. And of course, if you’re not yet a DVN-Interior member, do come join us!