NISSAN UNVEILED A STEERING WHEEL THAT TRANSFORMS INTO A TABLET.
Nissan unveiled its self-driving, IDS concept, which comes with an animated steering wheel that transforms into a tablet.
There are no current plans to bring the car, and its technology, into production. But the car highlights how car interiors can alter based on whether they're in autopilot mode or not. The steering-wheel-turned-tablet hints at what's to come when we start seeing driverless cars around the year 2020.
9.ENHANCED GESTURE CONTROL
Building on the familiar existing technology of knob and voice controls, Audi, introduced a new feature that would provide unprecendented ease in controlling a car’s functions. The new feature is called MMI touch, and is actually an enhancement for their already exisiting Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) system.
The best thing about MMI touch is that it enables drivers to input characters just by using a finger to "write" on the designated touchpad. This has a wide range of applications such as keying in addresses for navigation purposes, entering phone numbers or simply selecting songs to play. MMI touch also has support for a range of languages besides English.
Of course, the usual knob and voice controls are still available as well – MMI touch just makes it a whole lot easier for you to access your car’s functions while you’re driving. And more recently, Mercedes-Benz has also introduced their own take on this enhanced gesture control concept.
THE RISE OF ROBOTS
A century after Henry Ford introduced the moving assembly line, carmakers have come a long way, integrating banks of robots, computers and other automation into a high-tech manufacturing process. Today’s auto assembly line is “part human and part machine”.
But “a new generation of smarter, smaller and gentler robots is poised to transform manufacturing again, this time by working alongside their human colleagues.” Collaborative robots, or “cobots,” now populate factory floors working in tandem with humans to make operations run more smoothly. Cobots are a newer trend, able to assist in a myriad of ways, from moving parts and improving safety to taking on wearisome tasks to improve the health of workers.
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