Levers on the steering wheel, buttons on the armrest, buttons on the centre console: the car of the future will be having none of these. The more connected new generations of vehicles are, the more intuitively the driver will need to be to be able to operate the numerous vehicle functions. The watchword is: eyes on the road and hands on the wheel - although this only works if the on-board systems, infotainment and comfort technology are easy-to-use and do not create distractions. What is needed are new, intuitive operating concepts, such as those developed by AKKA Digital – formerly GIGATRONIK.
Away from the button and towards the touch-sensitive screen: this unstoppable trend in the automotive world clearly presupposes software and systems development know-how. This is because displays are not smart per se and only show information and control options provided to them by the vehicle management programmes contained in on-board electronics. The necessary input can be set up by AKKA Digital's specialists. They will bring to life the interfaces between human and machine i.e. human machine interfaces (HMI). Using agile development methods, model solutions can be created, which are tailored decisively to the application scenarios relevant to different models. For example, swiping technologies are used widely on touch panels and non-contact gesture recognition systems are also widespread. However, work is also ongoing on innovative head-up displays, which project contextual information onto the windscreen while the vehicle is being driven; or on natural voice control systems, which are no longer limited to a few preset commands. More information on current, embedded HMI developments can be found in the following interview.