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CES 2016: Visteon’s Time of Flight Vehicle technology to mitigate driver distraction

Published: January 03, 2015 | Van Buren Township, MI

At CES 2016, Visteon will showcase several cockpit electronics concepts aimed at reducing driver distraction and making the driving experience more intuitive. 

Visteon takes in-vehicle gesture control to a new level with a proprietary 3-D gesture recognition concept demonstrated within a compact multi-purpose vehicle. The system quickly reads defined hand movements to command certain features, using time-of-flight camera technology and high-performance, image-processing algorithms. Reading hand gestures faster and more precisely than with today’s 2-D solutions helps prevent distraction when accessing driver information and infotainment systems. The system offers the possibility to render any surface touch-sensitive, thanks to its high spatial accuracy, eliminating the need for touch panels on displays.

Visitors to Visteon’s CES exhibit who sit in the cockpit simulator can experience these features:

  • Spatial gesture (swipe up, down, left, right, and rotary motions), available at significantly less cost than camera-based solutions
  • Pressure-sensitive touch pad input zones for the driver and passenger, which sense the depth and location of button presses to trigger different features. Additionally, the surface can create a “virtual” touch screen and can also accommodate handwriting recognition. The pressure-sensitive pad works when the user is wearing gloves, and can accommodate various surface finishes, including leather, wood veneers, vinyl, plastic and composites.  
  • Contextual or suggestive HMI – Using data analytics, this feature creates shortcuts and suggestions, specific to each driver, based on past behavior for connectivity, entertainment, navigation and climate. For example, when the driver gets in the car to go home from work, he or she can set the destination for home, check traffic, call home, and turn on the defroster with one gesture, as opposed to navigating a menu for each option.
  • Time-of-Flight gesture system – Allows for more complex gestures such as hand/finger signs and swipes; enables the creation of virtual touch planes and/or surfaces in the vehicle.

Automakers are placing a priority on simplicity and usability, which is driving the need for an intelligent, contextual way of interacting with information and entertainment in the vehicle. The Visteon driving simulator enables users to interact with technologies in real-world driving scenarios, to better illustrate the impact and benefits of various features.

Time of flight technology is based on the time it takes for light to travel from the source to the object and back to the camera’s sensor. By providing distance images in real time, the time-of-flight camera enables close-range gesture control in the cockpit.

Visteon delivers an extra-large windshield HUD image with rich color, contrast and brightness – enhancing content without requiring the user to look away from his or her usual viewpoint. The wide-field image – about twice the size of a normal windshield HUD – allows the driver to see information not usually displayed in HUD systems, such as menus for music, multimedia and simple maps. The full-color image is designed to be seen clearly even on very bright days, through a powerful backlight and large mirror inside the instrument panel.

Visteon Corporation will exhibit in Central Plaza (CP20), at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Source: Visteon

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