Vibrating Steering Wheel Signals Drivers As They Approach Turns

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.

Alice Chan
  • 20 april 2012

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.

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