Heads-Up Display Gives You Gesture Control Over Your Car
New automated technologies could soon replace distracting and error-prone phone-controlled setups
Recent research by major traffic safety focused organizations such as the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety have found that voice-control systems are very distracting, error prone and frustrating to use. In an effort to provide a better solution startup VTouch, a startup based in Seoul, has partnered with Kia and Hyundai to research gesture-based HUDs (heads-up displays) dashboards.
The smart HUDs would let drivers swipe through options to play music, make calls, set navigation and cruise control. VTouch’s interface swiping gesture allows the driver to flick a finger while keeping their hands close to the wheel. When drivers control their driving environment with buttons on a console or on the wheel there are more distractions because you have to look at the buttons, which means your eyes are off the road, something that HUDs could resolve. Gesture technology would also open up hands-free options to drivers with accents or speaking disabilities who are often not understood by voice-controlled systems.
While prototypes of great-looking HUDs have been seen in makers like BMW and Tesla, VTouch’s partnership with Kia and Hyundai signals this technology moving to a mass market in the near future. Currently VTouch claims that its gesture-based technology is nearly 99 percent accurate, but some outside testing has had less compelling accuracy rates with reports that the experience can be tiring. Additionally, there are complications to gesture technology such as operating in low-light conditions and responding to various user habits, such as how different ways people point their finger.
VTouch is now using machine learning to analyze user data and grappling with complications before the system gets commercialized. The company hopes that HUDs will be incorporated into systems everywhere in the near future, inside and outside of vehicles.