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Safely Entertaining the Driver

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 luglio 2011

London. The Human Machine Interface (HMI) will continue to change the way drivers communicate with cars. Developing an HMI which efficiently operates various in-vehicle functionalities however, presents several challenges to OEMs and suppliers. The input of information for accessing different functions requires driver attention, resulting in distraction. Therefore the need to develop a standard platform for infotainment, which can host point-to-point integration of portable devices with the car by using in-vehicle HMI options is of growing importance. According to an analyst comment from Frost & Sullivan on the European market for voice control interface, steering wheel controls and multifunctional knobs, about 16 million vehicles will have basic voice interface and 7 million vehicles are likely to have an advanced voice interface in Europe by 2017. Steering wheel controls, which are closely linked to voice control interface, will be found in 16.5 million vehicles in Europe by 2017, whereas multifunctional knobs will see a steady penetration in luxury segment automotives. About 1.5 million vehicles in Europe are forecast to have multifunctional knobs by 2017. The market for multifunctional knobs is primarily driven by premium European automotive OEMs. Penetration of multifunctional knobs in Europe is expected to be 7.8 per cent by 2017, driven purely by Luxury automotive segment OEMs such as BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Audi. Demand for multi-functional knobs is driven by the possibility of integrating several functions within a single interface such as media controls, telephony, navigation, and HVAC within the drivers’ reach. However, constraints in the interior space restrict the penetration of multifunctional knobs in the floor console area.
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