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A New Car UI: How touch screen controls in cars should work

VR User Interface Design | 20 Examples That Will Spark Your Imagination

Virtual reality is the future. If you’re just as excited about it as we are, then this list of awesome VR UI will surely spark your imagination.This …

Virtual Reality

Gel-filled touchscreen creates real buttons on demand

There's just something about the feeling of physical keys that haptic feedback simply can't replicate on touchscreens. It's part of the reason people buy keyboard accessories for tablets, or Ryan Seacrest's strange iPhone case. It's also inspired some to try to figure out a happy medium between the …

30 Facts That Sound Like BS, But Are Actually True. #12 Makes You Think.

Sometimes a friend spouts a fact that seems fake, sounds fake, and is fake. The following facts however <b>seem</b> fake, but are actually <b>real</b>.<p><b>1.</b> Mammoths …

GoFar Intros OBD Dongle that Helps Save Fuel

Australian start-up GoFar has launched on Kickstarter their first product that help drivers do a better use of their car to save fuel. The product is …

Startups

Haptic feedback coming to auto touchscreens from Continental

Touchscreens can cause problems in cars, because without feedback, the driver has to look at the screen to see if the operation has been completed, …

CarPlay: Wait A Minute JD Power

Here’s the rub on the JD Power study which found that 37 percent don’t want CarPlay in their next vehicle (and 38 percent said they don’t want …

EnLighten Lets Your Car Talk to Traffic Lights

Can you make that green light? EnLighten can tell you.<p>“I hate traffic lights,” said Matt Ginsberg, CEO and founder of Connected Signals. So do the rest of us. Which is why Connected Signals created EnLighten, an app for iOS and Android that communicates with a city’s traffic lights to let you know …

Driverless Cars

Volvo Concept Estate: User Interface

The Future Of Driving: Cameras All Over Your Car

Cameras instead of side mirrors would cut loose car designers, and less drag would mean more fuel efficiency.<p>The side of your car may be up for a major redesign. Smart rearview mirrors are gaining traction, and now the semiconductor manufacturer Texas Instruments (TI) is working on electronics that …

Driverless Cars

Mitsubishi Planning Predictive User Interface for Cars

It’s Saturday afternoon and you have to drive your daughter to soccer practice and pick up her friend on the way. You also want to listen to a …

Driverless Cars

Augmented reality turns drivers into a car mechanic

Augmented reality - technology which takes virtual objects and layers them on top of live camera images - is being used by the car industry to help design the next generation of cars.<p>Click's Dan Simmons visits Audi's research headquarters in Germany to find out how the company is using the …

Augmented Reality

New smartphone chip will beam high-definition holograms as early as 2015

Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. If you can wait until the end of next year, and if you can believe the claims being made by a well-funded company called Ostendo, then your next handset could be capable of just that. Thanks to breakthroughs by the Californian …

End of the blind spot? Jaguar car gives drivers 360° vision thanks to cameras that make window pillars 'transparent'

• <b>UK-based Jaguar Land Rover have unveiled a smart concept car</b>• <b><br>It uses cameras to make certain parts of the car 'transparent'</b>• <b><br>When a driver looks to the</b> …

Apple tech applies machine learning to 3D mapping for accurate in-air gesture recognition

Apple continues to pursue in-air 3D gesture control technology, and on Monday was granted a patent for a machine vision system capable of recognizing …

Machine Learning

Hyundai files patent for smartphone feature disabler in proximity to steering wheel

Combatting driver distraction continues to be a hot topic in automotive safety, especially when it comes to young motorists. While simply not using a smartphone behind the wheel would fix much of the problem, automakers are trying to work out complicated ways to make people safer. For example, GM …

Driverless Cars

Smart driving shoes provide Bluetooth-connected haptic feedback [w/video]

A purist driver's car is all about the feedback it provides: what the front wheels are doing through the steering wheel, how the gears are meshing through the shift lever, how the brakes are gripping through the middle pedal, how much traction you have through the seat.... Generally electronic …

Continental's 360-degree camera system goes next level with 3D

Automotive camera technology has gone from providing low-res, grainy images from a single perspective to practically photo quality from any angle, in just a few years. There's no stopping the march of progress, though, because Continental is already demoing what it thinks is the next evolution of …

Fighting for the brand: the HMI battle between OEMs and consumer electronics

<i>Industry leaders examine the impact on automotive brands as Apple, Microsoft and Google enter the sector.</i><p>A brand is something that provides an …

Driving with voice-activated infotainment is really distracting, studies say | Ars Technica

Test subjects also rear-ended two cars trying to use Siri behind the wheel.<p>Infotainment systems are often marketed as being distinctly safer to use …

For consumers, Apple's CarPlay takes backseat to practical in-car technology

A study published on Tuesday shows consumers are largely indifferent to high profile automotive infotainment initiatives from Apple and Google, …

Car Tech

The evolution of the selfie stick is just a drone on a leash

The Fotokite Phi is the simplest flying camera we've seen yet<p>There are many variations on the theme of the flying camera coming to market these days. Most are quadcopters that you pilot with a remote control or mobile app. Some can follow you and take commands from a wearable device that lets it …

Drones

A Japanese company's electric cars will sound 'neo-futuristic' thanks to Roland synthesizers

What should an electric car sound like?<p>The truth is, no one really knows. Some automakers have left their EVs in their natural states, making them as quiet as possible; others have installed systems designed to alert nearby pedestrians (there are laws about this, but they aren't fully fleshed out …

Muscle Cars

Not so fast: Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay have a dashboard full of downsides

If you’re like most people, you love your car and you hate your car tech. It’s a simple fact: In car infotainment systems lag far behind the rest of …

Car Tech

A smartphone driven experience for the future of in-car UX

The state of the in-car user experience is something that has been written about extensively in 2015.<p>It’s an obvious point of contention. The in-car …

Is Developing For Car Infotainment Systems like Android Auto and Apple Carplay the Next Big Thing?

Cars with next-generation connected infotainment systems will create new opportunities on several fronts. In case you already have an infotainment …

Car Tech

Brand-by-Brand Guide to Car Infotainment Systems

The thought of a multifaceted infotainment system that delivers navigation, music, phone calls, and more at the touch of a screen or turn of a knob …

Touchscreens

The Evolution of CarPlay

Jan Dawson on February 19, 2015<p>Reading Time: 6 minutes<p>Given the reports over the past week or so about Apple’s ambitions in the car space, I’ll share …

Car Tech