Operating touch screens requires some complex hand-eye coordination, which may temporarily distract the driver. To find the desired operating element, select it, and ensure that the intended function has really been triggered, drivers must sometimes divert their attention away from the road for several seconds, and are thus “flying blind” during this time.

With its new active Haptic Feedback Display the automotive supplier Continental now offers an intelligent and state of the art solution to this dilemma. The novelty of it is that this display provides feedback by means of a movement impulse that can be felt through one’s fingers, indicating that the desired operation has been triggered and understood by the system. To be used in vehicles these displays need to fulfill several additional requirements. For example, a finely tuned force recognition (or “force sensing”) ensures that accidental touches can be distinguished from intentional operational commands.

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