Bosch has revealed a new haptic touchscreen infotainment system at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The system is designed to help keep a driver's eyes on the road by using haptic feedback to guide fingertips around the screen surface. The keys displayed on the screen are claimed to have the feel of realistic buttons, and drivers push down to activate various functions.
As well as its haptic elements, the infotainment system features visual and auditory signals. The system can also recognise the amount of pressure being applied to a button. Touching the screen lightly will activate the help function, for example, while varying degrees of pressure can be used to control other functions, including how fast users scroll through a list.
The haptic touchscreen concept is housed within a unique show car at CES. The show car's interior features an entirely digital dashboard with multiple screens for displaying infotainment information.
President of Bosch's car multimedia division Manfred Baden said: "The new touch screencombines the simple operation of mechanical buttons with the advantages of a touchscreen, significantly enhancing ease of operation.
"The innovative technology offers everything that is required to ensure its fast success on the market.”
As well as its haptic touchscreen, Bosch also revealed that it is working on bringing autonomous parking functionality to cars by 2018.
Speaking to Autocar, Bosch's chassis systems control boss Scott Winchip said the company was currently testing its self-parking technology in Germany and revealed that Bosch has already partnered with a vehicle manufacturer with a view to launching the technology in 2018, although he declined to name the brand.