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Hands-On With Bosch's NeoSense Interface, Aiming To Keep Drivers' Eyes On The Road Via The Feel Of Buttons

6 January 2016, 4:41 pm EST By Mark Lelinwalla Tech Times
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The developing system uses haptic-feedback technology, allowing drivers to learn the feel of buttons, which each carrying out a different vehicle function, whether it be volume control or heating.  ( Mark Lelinwalla | Tech Times )

Automobile interface developers are constantly walking the fine line of giving drivers enough entertainment, while still trying to keep their eyes on the road at the same time.

With that in mind, Bosch showed off its NeoSense touchscreen system at the Las Vegas Convention Center, as part of the Consumer Electronics Show (2016) on Wednesday.

Using what Bosch calls haptic-feedback technology, NeoSense empowers drivers to keep their eyes on the road, while learning the feel of various controls for different car features. The way Bosch envisions NeoSense working is it will dedicate various car controls — whether they be for volume, air conditioner and heater, turning on or off lights or changing radio stations — to different buttons, each equipped with its own unique feel.

(Photo : Mark Lelinwalla | Tech Times)

In dragging my index finger across the six buttons, as part of Bosch's CES 2016 booth, I quickly noticed how each gave off a unique feel. One was smooth, one coarse and another outfitted with grooves. Bosch's idea behind this is for drivers' sense of feel to guide their eyes, allowing them to focus on driving and nothing else.

NeoSense even allows drivers to set the trigger force of each button, making it respond to the slightest of touch all the way up to the most forceful.

(Photo : Mark Lelinwalla | Tech Times)

A Bosch rep told Tech Times that NeoSense is getting so many requests that it could impact vehicles within the year to early 2017.

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