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Old 04-07-2012, 09:18 AM   #1
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DETROIT -- Supplier TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. has unveiled an in-vehicle touch-pad sensor that reads finger-drawn letters and numbers, enabling occupants to operate accessories and devices with less distraction, the company says.

The sensor will be ready for production this fall, TRW said. No production contracts have been announced, but spokesman John Wilkerson said the supplier has received “definite customer interest” in Europe, where the technology was mainly developed.

The sensor uses advanced handwriting recognition software to interpret numbers, letters and symbols, then initiates commands. An “A” written on the touch pad, for instance, could switch operations over to audio controls, Wilkerson said in an interview this week.

TRW said using a touch-pad sensor instead of keyboardlike input reduces driving deviations by 78 percent.

Automakers would decide where to place the sensor, but TRW said its tests have shown that the best location is in the center console or the door armrests.

Frank Koch, advanced engineering manager for TRW’s Body Control Systems, said the sensor is the first to recognize symbols such as Chinese characters without the need of transcription aids.

“The touch-pad technology has huge potential for global vehicle markets,” Koch said in a statement.

It also enables the driver to operate applications such as mobile phones, navigation systems and the radio, as well as send messages from the touch pad, TRW said.

Wilkerson said automakers would determine many of the sensor’s functions, such as how it interacts with external devices.

“The touch pad is an interface to the vehicle” he said. “It can take you to things but it’s not part of the connection between the phone and the car.”
Wilkerson used a phone’s Pandora Internet radio app as an example. By writing the letter “P” on the touch pad, he said, the user can access the application faster than fumbling with multiple devices.
Said Wilkerson: “It’s meant to be as simplistic as possible.”
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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That is a very good idea since, everyone is accustom to them on the computer, smart phones, tablets etc.

No one stares at the touchpad while using it, but to press a button key, you have to search for it... taking the eyes off the screen or the road in this case.
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That is a very good idea since, everyone is accustom to them on the computer, smart phones, tablets etc.

No one stares at the touchpad while using it, but to press a button key, you have to search for it... taking the eyes off the screen or the road in this case.

Are you kidding?

you have to pay attention to a touchscreen, to see what it is asking you to do. The only reason you don't look at a laptop-style touch pad, is because you look at a dissasociated computer screen that isn't concurrent with the touch sensitive pad.

Even if the display isn't concurrent, you still have to look at the display, rather than the road.

Try using a smart phone without looking at it, with the screen and the touch-pad as a single aspect.

Buttons can be found by tactile memory, and haptics. Button location, size, shape, and texture, and a button's action can be determined without sight. Blind people rely solely on haptic feedback, in terms of the tactile sense, in other realms besides driving, of course, but the principle applies.

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Old 04-08-2012, 05:40 AM   #4
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I hate the MMI and LCD menu to control everything in my car. To turn on the LED driving lights I have to go into a menu then a Sub menu, slide down to LED light hit that and slide it down again to turn it on. At 85 it is a death sentence. Why it is not on the light switch?? The stereo is real fun, changing the sat. radio and trying not to hit a deer at 5 am is fun..
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TRW is a company to invest in, if you have the money? Last year their stock had a 5XX% return!
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Are you kidding?

you have to pay attention to a touchscreen, to see what it is asking you to do. The only reason you don't look at a laptop-style touch pad, is because you look at a dissasociated computer screen that isn't concurrent with the touch sensitive pad.

Even if the display isn't concurrent, you still have to look at the display, rather than the road.

Try using a smart phone without looking at it, with the screen and the touch-pad as a single aspect.

Buttons can be found by tactile memory, and haptics. Button location, size, shape, and texture, and a button's action can be determined without sight. Blind people rely solely on haptic feedback, in terms of the tactile sense, in other realms besides driving, of course, but the principle applies.
With a heads up display, they can have a visual indication for the modes selected.

Todays cars have so much buttons there is no way to just feel where it is.

Of course not like a touch screen tablet or smartphone where you have to stare down at a screen.

I'm saying the concept of gestures and hand writing recognition. People know where the touchpad is on the laptop versus a quick launch key.

Also people don't stare at the trackpad on a macbook because they can't distinguish between three finger or four finger gestures.

And I'm not talking about a full IOS, windows phone, android, on the heads up display.

it's gonna be more simple, something I am not sure how will be done, but would be clever, maybe using voice, colors, or whatever.

(Just gotta have that Steve Jobs vision)
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