Each year, key players in the automotive industry descend upon Las Vegas for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). While the show brings together gadgets and technologies from a range of industries, this year was especially exciting for the automotive sector – as the connected car steers closer to becoming a reality. Here’s a look at some key takeaways for automotive design shown at CES 2016.
The next generation of infotainment systems has arrived. Audi made headlines midway through CES by unveiling Virtual Dashboard, its new multimedia interface. The dashboard features a wide array of high-definition AMOLED displays, including a curved 14.1 inch virtual cockpit directly in front of the driver and two touchscreens in the center console of the car.
While the virtual cockpit enables drivers to monitor basic settings such as speed, navigation and music, the two lower screens provide drivers in a stationary car and passengers with a non-intrusive and intuitive way to operate such dashboards using handwriting recognition technology.
By simply writing letters one by one with their finger, drivers can perform just about any task their in-car infotainment system is capable of, including changing the temperature in the car or entering a destination into the navigation system. Real-time recognition in any handwriting style and multiple languages ensures drivers can rely on handwriting recognition technology as an efficient and effective text-input method.
The control of car infotainment systems offered through handwriting recognition technology is something we’ll see increasing even more in coming year. Mercedes-Benz introduced the interior of the 2017 E-Class at CES, which will include two different central displays. The entry-level units feature an 8.4 inch screen while the range-topping models will boast a 12.3 inch display. Both models will also have a 7 inch screen alongside it.
Implementing handwriting recognition technology in such displays will not only allow drivers to perform non-essential infotainment tasks without taking their eyes off the road, but it can also be combined with text-to-speech audio output to offer drivers added convenience and accuracy.
The rise of autonomous vehicles
According to one major automaker at CES, 2016 will be the year of the autonomous car.
Volvo set out to develop intelligent, high-definition media streaming with the help of Ericsson, the Swedish communication technology firm. The streaming service will enable passengers to enjoy their favorite TV shows without a reliable cellular signal. As the platform becomes accustomed to the passenger’s usual routes, it will conveniently select content that can be consumed during the duration of the trip and cache enough of each show or movie to get you through cellular dead zones.
Since autonomous vehicles will allow passengers to focus on entertainment rather than driving, handwriting recognition technology could find its way into an even greater number of in-car infotainment systems. Touchscreen displays with handwriting recognition technology will enable drivers and passengers to write characters, digits or words with their fingertips, making it easy to search for and play content in seconds.
The connected car
Amid rumors that Ford and Google teamed up to create an autonomous vehicle program of their own, Ford CEO Mark Fields revealed a partnership with Amazon. By connecting Ford’s Sync Connect and AppLink services with Amazon’s home automation hub and voice concierge, the two aim to grant users unlimited access to their smart home from a connected car, and vice versa.
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