This clever screen uses haptic tech to feel like it has real buttons, be they rough, smooth or patterned. It doesn’t only generate different surface textures either, but also adds a ‘click’ so users know they have to press more firmly to make a selection.
“Drivers will not even need to look at the information on the screen to control it,” says Bosch – solving one of the biggest gripes of touchscreens in cars; that they can’t be controlled by feel.
Other functionality Bosch has integrated into the ‘Touch & Feel’ touchscreen include varying pressure logic: by changing how hard they press, users can control how fast they scroll through a list.
In contrast, using light pressure calls up the help function.
So how does it work? It users two sensors – the conventional touch sensor is augmented by an additional sensor that measures pressure from the fingers.
The varying surfaces are then created with a combination of software and suspension mechanics.