When Cars and Touch Technology Come Together

The trick today is figuring out how to make touch screen devices in cars safe as well as touchable. GPS navigation tools, temperature controls, music and other functions in cars can be controlled by voice as well as touch, which is no doubt the best way to keep both hands on the wheel while accessing car functions.

Cars with LCD <a title='Touch Screen Panel from Cirque!' onClick="javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview('/outgoing/article_exit_link');" href=http://www.cirque.com/uploads/products/touch_screen_panel.html>touch screen panels</a> allow drivers to access controls by simply touching the surface with their fingertips, and although lovely to look at and functional, touch screens don't really let you know whether you have touched them, unless you are looking right at them. This of course is the real problem. Keeping drivers' eyes on the road.

Previously, leaning one's arm over to the dashboard's volume or temperature dials were ok to find without searching aggressively or having to take one's eyes off the road, because they were bulky and easy to find. With touch screens, unless the driver is able to get everything in order they are looking for within the touch screen before pulling out of the driveway- than a flat, LCD touch screen in a car makes sense. Otherwise- adjustments need to be made.

<b>New Developments for <a title='Touch Screen Panel from Cirque!' onClick="javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview('/outgoing/article_exit_link');" href=http://www.cirque.com/uploads/products/touch_screen_panel.html>touch screen panels</a> in Cars</b>
'    Voice activation- Along with touch able screens, drivers can activate controls on the dashboard by speaking the control they want and the computer within the car will recognize the instruction.

'    Haptic interface- With Haptic touch, the screen is able to touch back, informing the fingertip touching the surface that the message was received, similar to a simple vibration. This at least will quickly inform a driver they have pressed the right button.

Self check outs in grocery stores, airports and iPhones- ok, so what is next for the future of touch screen technology? Multi-touch screens will be used more in the future- a technology where at this moment in time, a person can access a screen with a single point of focus- one finger touching one point on a screen, people will now be able to use both hands simultaneously, accessing images on a screen somewhat like a 3-D experience on a 2 dimensional screen. But as far as multi screens in cars- that may never come into fruition.

About the Author:

Melissa Peterman is a web content specialist for Innuity www.innuity.com. For more information on touch screen panels go to Cirque.

Author: Melissa Peterman
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