The basic idea behind the touch screen takes the wheel in traffic safety: researchers argue that, at the wheel will control the radio or navigation system without taking eyes off the road and.
Now, the driver must move their eyes from the road to operate buttons on the center console or steering wheel, but the new touch-screen driver will solve the problem using a new principle: Gesture-enabled (enabled gesture commands).
Prototype wheel is basically a disc made of acrylic, 11 mm thick and equipped with infrared LEDs. An infrared camera detects reflections placed on the steering wheel-screen when it is reached, thus achieving the same effect as an iPhone, for example.
To build the prototype wheel touch-screen, the researchers turned to a group of subjects, familiar with modern touch-screen devices. Based on common gestures used by them, was thought a set of 20 main features intuitive.
Then, subjects were asked to test drive on a touch-screen simulation results are very optimistic and showing that this driver even helps drivers stay focused on the road longer than now. Of course, researchers studied the combination of the steering wheel with touch-screen display information on the windshield and a sensor system designed to assess road conditions and traffic.
Steering wheel touch screen prototype has been presented at a conference on human factors in electronic systems, and researchers believe they have signs on the interest of the automotive manufacturers for their new technology.