Ergonomy

Continental Haptic Feedback Display component description

Haptic Feedback touch display by Continental

Operating touch screens requires some complex hand-eye coordination, which may temporarily distract the driver. To find the desired operating element, select it, and ensure that the intended function has really been triggered, drivers must sometimes divert their attention away from the road for several seconds, and are thus “flying blind” during this time. With its

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multifunctional smartphone terminal

Multi-Touch Gestures: Usage of Infrared Light

International automotive supplier Continental is working on intelligent infrared technology for future control designs in affordable cars. Used in ever-more electronic entertainment devices, multi-touch controls will also be enhancing modern display and control systems in the especially price-sensitive car segment. With “infrared curtains“, Continental developers are opting for an economical alternative to touch sensitive, so

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2015 Renault Espace interior

Faurecia’s “one-touch” seat technology for the new Renault Espace

Faurecia is presenting its “one touch” technology at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, which can be used to automatically fold down the vehicle’s rear seats. The new Renault Espace crossover, unveiled today, is the first Renault production model to feature this innovation. The result is a blend of three areas of expertise that are central to

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Magna International Inc BMW i8

Electronic side-door latch system in the BMW i8

Magna International announced that it is supplying two innovative, industry-first systems on the BMW i8 plug-in electric sports car: outside mirrors with hidden turn signals and SmartLatch™, an electronic side-door latch system. The design of the outside mirrors includes a hidden turn signal that is fully integrated so that the mirror housing and turn-signal lens

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Opel Insignia driver's seat

Opel’s ergonomic seats

The new Opel Insignia and new Opel Meriva are not only distinguished by their engine technologies, they also aim at ensuring that the driver and co-driver have a comfortable journey. AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) certified Opel ergonomic seats are designed to provide long-distance travel seating and back comfort. But before such a seating design makes it

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Self-cleaning car paint technology

Video of the week: A self-cleaning car prototype

Washing a car can be a chore – and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again: [youtube url=”http://youtu.be/UwoGsCAKsxU” fs=”1″ rel=”0″ showinfo=”0″]

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Nissan Smart rearview mirror in Qashqai

Nissan Motor develops a “Smart Rearview Mirror”

Nissan Motor Company, Ltd., has announced the development of the Smart rearview mirror, the world’s first LCD monitor that provides clear rearward visibility under various conditions and also allows the driver the ability to switch between the LCD monitor and the traditional rearview mirror, depending on the driver’s preference. Nissan will introduce the Smart rearview

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Seating controls for diverse electric adjustments

Seating comfort technologies presented by Continental

International automotive supplier Continental is using intelligent electronics to transform car seats into multifunctional component features. The company provides the controls for diverse electric adjustments, sees to the integration of air conditioning, and realizes memory, massage, and numerous safety functions. “We make a wide range of seat functions possible and use innovative electronic controls to

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HABIT Cockpit Concept by Visteon

A concept that learns driver’s habits developed by Visteon

Visteon Corporation has developed a cockpit concept that incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver an enhanced driving experience. Visteon’s Human Bayesian Intelligence Technology (HABIT) system employs machine learning algorithms that are cognizant of the specific driver and the surrounding environment. The HABIT system continually learns as it processes a driver’s selections of climate temperatures, radio

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ATS driver visibility

New driver visibility technology in the Cadillac ATS

Engineers worked to identify the vehicle attributes needed to maximize ATS’s driving character by making the most of sight lines. New visibility metrics developed from customer clinics in the United States and Germany consider exterior mirror and A-pillar area size, seat height, forward vision distance, side vision distance, and intrusive objects in windows such as

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GPSfit

The Microfit and GPSfit systems from Faurecia

The car incorporates more intelligent functions for the safety and comfort of passengers. The seat is no exception as evidenced by a Faurecia concept-seat unveiled at Los Angeles. World leader, Faurecia has indeed unveiled several functions and innovative products. GPSFit pulls speed and road data from the vehicle’s GPS to determine if traffic issues are imminent,

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