Vibrating Steering Wheel Signals Drivers As They Approach Turns
Communications giant creates the world's first vibrating steering wheel, providing drivers with turn-by-turn navigational assistance.
AT&T, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, has created a GPS-enabled, haptic steering wheel prototype. While similar tactile tech has been used by automakers such as Audi, BMW, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz to warn drivers when they travel outside of a lane or other minor warning systems, AT&T takes it a step further by providing haptic feedback to guide navigation instructions. The working prototype employs 20 memory foam-mounted vibration actuators, which are built into a Logitech Formula Force GP racing wheel. Engineers have then programmed an off-board navigation system to pulse clockwise for right turns and counterclockwise for left turns.