There are some really cool new cars out there right now that have touch screens as a standard or optional feature. But, many of us don’t think about all the other places in a car where haptics and touch controls can be used. Almost any place in a vehicle where a button, knob or switch is used today could be fitted with touch-based controls using haptic feedback.
Why would we want to replace our ‘good old’ buttons with touch controls, you ask? There are a lot of reasons, including:
So, where can touch controls be used in a car? Center console button panels for HVAC and other controls, overhead modules, door-mounted window and mirror controls, steering-wheel mounted controls, exterior door handles and trunk releases, just to name a few. In all these areas, haptics can instill user confidence and satisfaction and the differentiated tactile sensation sets vehicles apart from the competition.
For more info on the value of haptic feedback in touch screen infotainment systems, check out my previous blog called “Coming soon to automotive touchscreens: haptic feedback.”
To see more on how haptics are contributing to the car of the future check out this infographic or read “Future cars – not so far away!”
For more information on TI’s solutions for touch enabled applications, click here. Or better yet, visit us at CES in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2014 to see demos on TI’s haptics solutions for vehicles and other applications.
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